Tecumseh Democrat George Hanna announced Monday that he had filed to run for the Kansas House of Representatives in a district that covers part of Shawnee County.

Hanna, 47, a veteran and activist, is running in the Democratic primary for the seat currently held by Republican Rep. Ronald Ellis, of Meriden. Ellis did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

According to the announcement, Hanna worked to unionize Topeka city employees after getting his start in activism by working against the anti-LGBTQ Westboro Baptist Church. Hanna became homeless as an adolescent, according to the press release.

“It is because of the things I have been through that I fight for tolerance and acceptance today,” Hanna said.

Hanna said veterans’ issues and Medicaid expansion would be pillars of his campaign. He said he serves as the chair of Kansas’ Democratic Caucus for Veterans and Veterans’ Families and is a student at Kansas State University.