The campaign of Patrick Penn, a Republican candidate for the Kansas House 85th District, received a big endorsement last week, when former Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer made a trip to Wichita to personally endorse him.

Penn, an African American, who is pro-life, pro-family Republican is challenging the embattled incumbent Michael Capps in the Aug. 4 primary.

Capps is at the center of an election attack ad targeting then mayoral candidate Brandon Whipple that appeared just weeks before the 2019 election. In the ad, paid actresses, who were silhouetted, accused Whipple of sexual harassment. In addition, Capps has reportedly been found guilty of child abuse.

The Kansas Republican Party denounced Capps’ candidacy and also asked him to resign his position.

“It is time to put the past behind us and look forward to Patrick Penn serving the people of Wichita in the Kansas House,” said Colyer.

Penn is a decorated Army veteran who settled in Wichita with his wife and four children to work in program management at Textron Aviation Defense. Raised in foster care, Penn says he will be a fierce defender of children in need and the unborn.

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