Giroux filing guarantees Democratic primary to pick Pompeo challenger

Wichita lawyer Dan Giroux filed Thursday to run for the 4th Congressional District seat, setting up a Democratic primary race with Robert Tillman, the Democrats’ 2012 candidate against incumbent Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo.

Giroux is a former prosecutor with the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office, now in private practice with the firm Dugan and Giroux. He is an opponent of free-trade agreements that he says hurt U.S. workers and a proponent of equal pay for female workers.

Tillman is a former Kansas court services officer who has tried for the seat twice, in 2010 and 2012. He lost the 2010 Democratic primary to then-state Rep. Raj Goyle and lost the 2012 general election to Pompeo, after besting marijuana activist Esau Freeman in the primary.

Tillman said one of his top federal priorities would be to oppose Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

So far, Pompeo, Tillman and Giroux are the only candidates who have filed to run for the office.

Miranda Allen, a businesswoman from Kiowa, has announced that she will run as an independent candidate.

Her main issues are the campaign finance system, which she says has corrupted American politics, and the “bickering” between the two major parties that she says keeps Congress from adequately addressing the nation’s problems.

Dion Lefler: 316-268-6527, @DionKansas