Government & Politics

Mission Woods Democrat announces campaign against U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder

Jay Sidie of Mission Woods is a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House.
Jay Sidie of Mission Woods is a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House.

Three Democrats now say they want to run against U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder this fall.

Jay Sidie, 57, is expected to file papers today to run as a Democratic challenger to Yoder, a three-term Republican incumbent. Sidie, a financial counselor who lives in Mission Woods, has never held elective office.

In an interview with The Star, Sidie said Yoder’s relationship with Gov. Sam Brownback will be an issue in the race.

“Yoder is tied to Brownback,” he said.

Sidie is expected to face at least two other Democrats in the August primary: Reggie Marselus of Lenexa and Nathaniel McLaughlin of Kansas City, Kan.

“We have a Congress that does its best to block the blessings of liberty and prosperity,” McLaughlin says on his website.

Marselus, a retired union official, has sought the office before. “I will serve everyone,” he says on his campaign website.

Sidie said he has met with Democratic Party officials in Washington, D.C., to discuss his candidacy. Democrats think Yoder may be vulnerable in the 3rd District because of Donald Trump and Brownback’s unpopularity.

But Yoder will probably remain the favorite in the district, in which Republicans hold a significant registration advantage over Democrats. In 2014 he defeated his Democratic opponent by 20 percentage points.

Yoder also reported having almost $2.4 million in campaign funds available at the end of March, more than any other House candidate in the state.

Greg Goode of Louisburg is running against Yoder in the Republican primary.

Dave Helling: 816-234-4656, @dhellingkc