Mentioning that he “feels a sense of personal responsibility to help restore America to exceptionalism” given that he has delivered more than 5,000 babies, Dr. Roger Marshall announced in McPherson Tuesday that he will be a Republican candidate for Congress in Kansas’ First Congressional District.

Mentioning that he “feels a sense of  personal responsibility to help restore America to exceptionalism” given that he has delivered more than 5,000 babies, Dr. Roger Marshall announced in McPherson Tuesday that he will be a Republican candidate for Congress in Kansas’ First Congressional District.
“I am a pro-life conservative,” Marshall said. “I’ve devoted my career to making certain parents and children start in a position to succeed and now I want to shift gears and make certain opportunities abound for them later in life as well.”
Marshall visited McPherson Tuesday, though the El Dorado native is familiar with Mac already as he and his children were school rivals in sports. He feels a connection with communities like McPherson similar to his own in El Dorado.
“It is the American entrepreneurial spirit and work ethic coupled with citizen control of our government that created a successful America,” he said. “Unfortunately, as Congress has been replaced by a political class, we have lost the needed connection with the people. We have too many so-called leaders who will cater to a voting index or time on a cable news show, and this posturing has given too much power to bureaucratic regulators. Instead of posturing, I will work to demonstrate that Kansans know best how to define a wetland, understand the economic consequences of listing the lesser prairie chicken as threatened, and know how to protect the doctor-patient relationship.”
A native Kansan and lifelong Republican, Marshall was raised on a farm and is involved in a cattle-feeder operation in addition to having served as chairman of Great Bend Regional Hospital for 14 years. He champions change at the highest level of the government.
“Washington dictates showboating instead of listening. I want to change that. I am an unabashed conservative, but my door will always be open to anyone. I will stand up for my principles, but nobody has an exclusive hold on good ideas. I will fight for what is best for Kansas families. I will stand for a Mud volleyball and 3-on-3 basketball tournaments will begin at 2 p.m. Volleyball will be behind Avenue A Body Shop, and basketball will be at Black Kettle Park. More teams are needed for these events. Teams of at least six for volleyball and three for basketball can register at the Chamber of Commerce.
The festivities will take a short break in the evening until 8 p.m., when the block party and evening swim begin at Moundridge City Pool. Cost is $4 or a Black Kettle button.
Raffle tickets will be sold throughout the day at Black Kettle Park. Prizes include a 46-inch TV, a spa package and a grill.
“The Black Kettle Festival brings the community together,” said Crystal Schwartz, secretary for the Chamber of Commerce. “This year, the new committee made this bigger and better than ever. We hope every year, this becomes a bigger and bigger event.”