BREAKING: Sharice Davids WINS the Kansas Democratic nomination for the 3rd congressional district. https://t.co/Mn0cyPATrT
— Steve Vockrodt (@st_vockrodt) August 8, 2018
… and I’m slap-happy, but at least now I can sleep soundly.
… Davids, the winner of a six-way primary race, would be the first Native American woman elected to Congress if she prevails over U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, the incumbent Republican from Overland Park, in the general election.
She also would be the first openly LGBT person to represent Kansas at either the federal or state level.
Davids won Tuesday’s hotly contested and crowded Democratic primary by capturing 37 percent of the vote, edging out her closest competitor in Brent Welder, who received 34 percent, by 2,088 votes…
Yoder, who coasted through his primary contest on Tuesday, has won Kansas’ 3rd congressional district by double digits in every election going back to 2010.
But Democrats are optimistic about their chances in the suburban Kansas City district, which Democrat Hillary Clinton won in the 2016 presidential race…
Among those in the crowd was Jeff Harris, a member of the Westwood City Council, who first met Davids two months ago.
“When I think about who I want representing me, I’m interested in someone who can set a goal and motivate themselves to achieve it,” Harris said. “The other reason I’m supporting her: You know, never say vote for someone just based on their characteristics or their identity, but that experience of being a woman dominated in a world by men, of being a lesbian, of being Native American, she has had to learn about how to navigate spaces where she didn’t have power, where she didn’t have control.”
He continued: “That takes a lot of motivation and fortitude. When I think about who I want representing me, it’s a person with that type of experience and that type of strength.”…
Too many people have the odds stacked against them. I know what that's like. I’m running for Congress b/c everyone deserves an opportunity – and that starts with affordable healthcare, safe communities & quality education.
— Sharice Davids (@sharicedavids) July 25, 2018