WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - This year there are only a handful of contested primary races across the viewing area.  But one race has the opposite problem - so many people want the job!

Eight people are vying for the title of U.S. Senator from the great state of Kansas, including the man who currently holds the seat.

We asked as many of the candidates as we could get hold of, "Why?"

"I....want to overhaul the legal system. I have a method. It's been on my website for 19 years," Joan Farr said.  She's challenging incumbent Sen. Jerry Moran for his seat in the Republican primary.

"Certainly we know the country's divided and people have strong feelings," Moran said.

A total of two Republicans and six Democrats paid the fee to get their name on the August primary ballot this year.

"May 2nd is when the leak came out of Washington, the pending change of overturning Roe v Wade. In that moment I knew that this was the time to step up," said Paul Buskirk, a lifelong educator who works at the University of Kansas, about his decision to run for the Democratic nomination.

"If somebody like me doesn't run then there's no chance that my ideas would be presented to the general public," Robert Klingenberg, one of Buskirk's opponents, said.  Klingenberg describes himself as a "working class leftist."

"I want to be the lead on fixing our tax system," said Patrick Wiesner, a former tax preparer also running as a Democrat.

There are at least as many reasons for running as there are candidates for the office.  They range from a rancher to a former police officer, to the state's first openly LGBTQIA candidate, Michael Soetaert.  Soetaert, a centrist Democrat who describes himself as pro-life, formerly ran as a Republican in the Congressional 1st District, losing to Rep. Tracey Mann and Kali Barnett in the 2020 General Election.  Soetaert chose not to speak with us for this story.  We were unable to reach Mike Andra for comment or make schedules match up with Mark Holland, the remaining candidates who want Jerry Moran's job.

But what's attracting so many people to this race?  Political analyst Dr. Neal Allen, Wichita State University, says part of it is just a change in attitude toward politics... 

"We're seeing participation increase in all ways, in terms of turnout, in terms of people running for office, in terms of people giving  money to candidates and to issue campaigns," Allen said.  

And why this race, while not many of the others on the ballot this year?  That comes down to the redistricting fight and uncertainty about who actually lived in which district.  That's not a factor in the U.S. Senate race where the entire state is the district.

"I think every race, honestly, should have multiple candidates, on every side. Even throw a few independents in there," Klingenberg said.

And pretty much everyone we spoke with liked the fact they had so much competition this year!  Even the incumbent experts have called bullet proof.

"I want people to engage in the management and running of this country. And so the fact that people are on the ballot, I think is a positive thing," Moran said.

"It says a lot about Kansans wanting to make a difference," Wiesner added.

"I never thought that I would ever be doing this, I can tell you that," Farr laughed.