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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) A Kansas state school board candidate who thinks the state should stop teaching evolution in its public schools also attends Westboro Baptist, the Topeka church known for anti-gay protests worldwide.
Jack Wu told The Associated Press he decided to run for the State Board of Education after learning that Democratic incumbent Carolyn Campbell would otherwise be unopposed for a second term. She is also from Topeka and represents the 4th District of eastern Kansas.
Campbell supports the state's current science standards, which treat evolution as a well-established, core scientific concept.
But Wu's link to the Rev. Fred Phelps Sr.'s congregation that has created a buzz in education circles. Wu said he attends Westboro Baptist services and adheres to its teachings but isn't a full, baptized member.