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Barnett to announce health care coalition Tuesday in Wichita

TOPEKA - State Sen. Jim Barnett is scheduled to announce his Congressional campaign’s Health Care Coalition Tuesday in Wichita.

"As a citizen and a doctor I have major concerns about the direction the health care debate in Washington is heading," said Barnett, R- Emporia, in a press statement. "A personal principle of mine is to work towards solutions rather than complaining about the problems."

The coalition will include health care professionals who will advise his campaign and suggest solutions to health care issues at all levels, the statement said.

Barnett will announce the coalition 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Medical Society of Sedgwick County, 1102 S. Hillside.

He will hold a similar announcement later in Emporia. The second announcement will be 6 p.m. at Newman Regional Health 1201 W. 12th Ave., Emporia.

Barnett is one of several Republicans running for the 1st Congressional District seat. Republican Jerry Moran, who currently holds the seat is leaving to run for the U.S. Senate seat that Republican Sam Brownback is leave to run for governor.

Other Republican candidates for the slot include state Sen. Tim Huelskamp of Fowler; Tracey Mann, a commercial real estate seller from Salina; Rob Wasinger of Hays, former chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback; Sue Boldra, a Hays educator; and Monte Shadwick, a former Salina mayor.