A Mission Woods businessman will take on incumbent U.S. Representative Kevin Yoder in November.
Jay Sidie, a newcomer to politics, topped a three-candidate field on the Democratic side Tuesday to earn the right to challenge Yoder in November. Side had 42 percent of the vote in the district that stretches into Johnson, Wyandotte and Miami Counties. Nathaniel McLaughlin finished second with 36 percent and Reggie Marselus had 22 percent. The vote totals were 13,634 for Sidie, 11,786 for McLaughlin and 7,265 for Marselus.
In Johnson County, Sidie finished with 51 percent of the vote.
Yoder easily captured a victory over Greg Goode with 64 percent of the vote. Yoder had 37,023 votes to Goode’s 21,191.
At the Democratic Party election watch Tuesday at the Lucky Brewgrille in Misson, Sidie said he looks forward to debates with Yoder in the fall campaign.
“This is the opportunity of a lifetime,” Sidie said of his run for Congress. He said someone told him this spring he should run “because you’re not a career politician.” Sidie said his long career in business and finance prepared him for a position in Congress in addition to his “appreciation for labor” he learned at his early jobs.
“I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for again placing your trust in me to represent our Kansas common sense values in the United States House. I’m truly humbled by the outpouring of support tonight – and I promise you – we are ready to build on this momentum and keep this seat from turning to liberal Democrats this fall,” Yoder told supporters Tuesday night. Yoder was first elected to Congress in 2010 and has been re-elected in 2012 and 2014. He previously served in the Kansas Legislature.