James Thompson, 4th district democratic nominee for Congress, made a stop in Greensburg to meet constituents of the district and tour various facilities.

U.S. District 4 Congressional candidate James Thompson stopped by Alliance AG & Grain in Greensburg on Thursday August 30, on his way to his first public debate at Pratt Community College later that same day.

Thompson was invited to town by former state treasurer and Kiowa County resident Dennis McKinney.

After a time of sitting around and talking to some of the customers at Alliance AG, Thompson took a tour of the school, the Big Well Museum and other businesses in the community.

“It’s important to talk to the people and see what they have to say” Thompson said. “I want to learn all I can so I know the best way to help.”

Thompson said he is running for Congress because he believes elected officials should ensure that people up and down the economic ladder have the ability to build a better, brighter future for themselves and their children.

Once in Congress, Thompson said he would fight for a living wage, better schools and quality education without the burden of crushing debt. He supports affordable health care and a criminal justice system that treats everyone equally. Thompson said he would fight for a better Kansas for all Kansans, regardless of race, nation of origin, gender, religion, socioeconomic background or intellectual ability.

Raised in a difficult environment, Thompson said he was no stranger to adversity. It was only through determination and the education he received — first, from public schooling, then the United States Army — that he was able to pull himself out of his cycle of poverty and homelessness.

Thompson is a civil rights attorney in Wichita and said he knows the opportunities afforded to him helped change his life, and those opportunities need to be available to future generations.