Republican state Rep. Ken Rahjes officially went public Wednesday night with his decision not to run for Congress in the 1st District.
"After many conversations with family and friends, I determined now is not the right time for me to pursue the opportunity of representing the citizens of the Big 1st," Rahjes said in an email to supporters.
"I am proud to serve in Topeka and want to continue to be a strong advocate for rural Kansas."
As a member of the House Appropriations and Tax Committees, Rahjes said he needed continue his work in the Kansas Capitol
"The challenges . . .