TOPEKA _ Wichita Democrat Brandon Whipple hopes to regain a state House seat for his party in the fall.
Whipple, 27, does volunteer work with at-risk students in the Wichita school district and said that experience gives him an unique perspective on the Kansas budget.
"Our state's founding fathers wrote the Kansas constitution with the intent to make public education our state's top priority," he said. "Even in times of crisis, our legislature must support education."
He plans to run for the 96th District seat held by Wichita Republican Phil Hermanson. In 2008, Hermanson won the seat from Democratic incumbent Terry McLachlan.