The jingling sound of money entering Judy Hancock's campaign chest has been the main noise emerging in the relatively quiet Democratic primary for the 3rd Congressional District nomination.
The race features Hancock, an international trade attorney, and Preston L. Conner, founder of the National Association of Part-time and Temporary Employees.
The winner will face the Republican victor in the six-way GOP primary for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Jan Meyers, who is retiring.
The 3rd District includes most of Douglas County and all of Johnson, Wyandotte and Miami counties.
Hancock is expected by most observers to have the advantage for the Democratic nomination. She received 43.4 percent of the vote in 1994 when she challenged Mrs. Meyers.
Since deciding to run last winter, Hancock has been amassing a large campaign fund that totals more than $300,000. Her campaign staff said Hancock has done little spending in her race, keeping most of her money for the general election.
But to get the nomination, she faces political newcomer Conner in the Aug. 6 primary.
Conner, 38, as president of the National Association of Part-Time and Temporary Employees, lobbies Congress on employment issues and economic policy.
Conner said he plans to spend less than $5,000 on his campaign.
"Money is not a guarantee to win," he said.