Mission Democrat files for Kansas House seat occupied by Melissa Rooker

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Democrat Matt McCann of Mission announced today that he has filed as a candidate for the District 25 state representative seat occupied by Republican Melissa Rooker.

McCann, a technology trainer and instructor with ETech Parts in Olathe, said he was motivated to enter the race to “make a stand against the extremist and irresponsible agenda of the Republican legislature.” He is a district-level delegate for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

It’s not the first time Rooker, a moderate Republican from Fairway, has faced a Democratic challenger in what is one of the strongest left-leaning districts in the county. In her first bid for reelection back in 2014, Rooker defeated Democrat Jennifer Robinson 56-43. In 2012, she edged then-Roeland Park city councilor Megan England 51-49, a margin of less than 200 votes, to win the seat for the first time.

Rooker, who has frequently been at odds with the conservative Republican leadership in the House, has filed for reelection.

McCann said he hopes to provide an alternative to the policies forwarded by the Republican majority.

“It is no secret that the great Republican experiment has failed us,” McCann said in a release announcing his candidacy. “The time has come for the people to demand a change; for them to demand a new experiment. An experiment that includes funding for our schools, so that every child in Kansas can grow up with the tools necessary to succeed in a modern world.”

McCann graduated from Olathe North before attending Kansas State University where he received a degree in theatre. Prior to taking his current position, he served as a manager at Mission:Repair on Johnson Drive. He has lived in Mission with his girlfriend for approximately four years.