Alan LaPolice, of Clyde, has filed for the Democratic nomination to represent the 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Rep. Roger Marshall, a Republican, is the incumbent.
LaPolice said he wants to fix U.S. politics.
“I am doing this because the people I see being successful are not doing it for the right reasons,” he said. “You can’t do it by being hyper partisan. We win when everyone gets representation. We win when we have a legislature that is collaborative, functioning and capable of compromising.”
LaPolice currently is the only challenger to Marshall. He said he would focus on the economy, health care and immigration if elected.
This is the third time LaPolice has run to represent the 1st District and each time, he has run in a different party. In 2014, he challenged incumbent Tim Huelskamp for the Republican nomination. In 2016, he ran as an independent.
The deadline for filing for office is noon on Friday.
Health care, taxes
Last year, President Donald Trump signed a law that cut taxes for businesses and families. LaPolice opposes the law, which he said gives a significant amount of money to Wall Street and foreign investors.
“They were a large scale reproduction of the Kansas tax experiment, brought to you by Sam Brownback,” he said. “I could have passed the exact same tax cut amount, but I would have given it to working-class people.”
Regarding health care, LaPolice supports using Medicare and Medicaid to negotiate medical costs, including the cost of prescription drugs.
“We need better health care,” he said. “We have some of the worst results and highest costs for health care. At some point the people are going to demand that something has to get fixed.”
Path to citizenship
LaPolice would also like to see changes to U.S. immigration law.
“What I am saying now is what I said four years ago,” he said. “There has to be a pathway to citizenship. There has to be a process where we can hire seasonal labor.”
LaPolice praised Republican Congressman Eric Cantor, who was defeated in 2014, because Cantor was open to considering some elements of immigration reform.
“Cantor lost because he had the courage to say we had to do something,” he said.
LaPolice said he wouldn’t shy away from potentially unpopular votes out of fear of losing re-election.
“I’ll never be afraid,” he said. “That’s the problem with everybody. They become cowards to the re-election process.”
LaPolice served on the Clifton-Clyde school board from 2014 through 2016. He has spent 17 years working in education, as a teacher, principal and district superintendent. He currently works as an administrator for LAUSD, the school district in Los Angeles, Calif. In his position, he oversees a drop-out recovery program that allows students to obtain their high school diploma and become college- and career-ready.