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PHOTOS: Kansas Politicians Turn Out For Lenexa's Independence Day Parade

Incumbents and political hopefuls lined up Monday morning before the 2016 Lenexa Community Days Parade.

Kansas Sen. Greg Smith was near the front, right behind U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran and U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder.

“It’s just a fun event,” Smith said, adding that he participates even in non-election years. “If you’re in Northeast Johnson County, this is the place to be.”

Smith’s primary challenger, Dinah Sykes, was in the middle of the parade pack, marching alongside other moderate Republicans campaigning on public education.

Johnson County Democrats brought up the rear. It’s the first time in three decades a Democrat is running for every Kansas Senate seat.

Many of the candidates also planned to attend the Monday evening fireworks show in Overland Park.

Elle Moxley is a reporter for KCUR. You can reach her on Twitter @ellemoxley.

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