Topeka U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun, a Republican from Lawrence, today filed to seek re-election to a sixth term.
"I represent smaller government, fewer taxes and family values," said Ryun, who gained fame early in life as a record-breaking track star.
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Ryun, 59, represents the 2nd congressional district, which includes west Lawrence, Topeka, Manhattan and much of southeast Kansas.
At this point, only one other candidate has filed for the race, Democrat Nancy Boyda, who lost to Ryun in 2004.
Ryun said the U.S. was making progress in the war in Iraq and that the top issue among voters is stopping illegal immigration.
"The No. 1 and No. 2 issues are immigration and immigration," he said.
He touted his work in the district, including the decision to return the Army's 1st Infantry Division to Fort Riley.