Brent Welder, the Bonner Springs labor attorney running for the Democratic nomination in Kansas’s 3rd District, is one of two Kansas Congressional candidates to be endorsed by the group Brand New Congress this week.
The group, which says it’s aiming to assemble a group of leaders who will advocate for the “American Dream” by supporting positions like Medicare for all, a $15 minimum wage and increased infrastructure spending, endorsed Welder and Kansas 4th District candidate James Thompson. Thompson, a Democrat, lost to current 4th District Rep. Ron Estes in a special election to replace Mike Pompeo in April 2017.
To date, Brand New Congress has endorsed 24 candidates across 16 states. The group says it endorses candidates of all political parties who support their agenda and who pledge not to accept corporate political action committee donations.
Welder has a short history in the area, having moved to Johnson County from the St. Louis area in April 2017. He was a supporter of Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential cycle.
Andrea Ramsey, the retired Leawood attorney and health clinic executive who dropped out of the race after sexual harassment accusations made by a former colleague more than a decade ago became public, endorsed Welder in the race after she exited in December. Former Missouri Sec. of State Jason Kander endorsed him the same day.
With Ramsey out of the race, Welder and Prairie Village teacher Tom Niermann are the Democratic candidates with the strongest fundraising totals to date. Both candidates have attracted a good deal of out-of-state contributions:
Brent Welder’s Oct 2017 #FEC report showed more money from EACH of the states of California ($13,500), Iowa ($13,500), Illinois ($10,900), Missouri ($16,374), and Texas ($8,600) than Kansas ($7,240). #ksleg
— Kansas Meadowlark (@KansasMeadowlrk) January 29, 2018
Tom Niermann’s Oct 2017 #FEC report for his bid in #KS03 showed more contributions from Missouri + Texas ($47,055 + $28,800) than Kansas ($70,385). Most of the Kansas contributions came from Mission Hills ($32,425) and Prairie Village ($11,850). #ksleg — Kansas Meadowlark (@KansasMeadowlrk) January 29, 2018
The Democratic field still see more entrants, however. Rumor has it a female candidate may be poised to enter the race in the coming days.
The 3rd District is one of just 23 in the country that voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential cycle but that is currently represented by a Republican. President Trump’s unpopularity in suburban areas across the country could make Rep. Kevin Yoder’s path to reelection more challenging this year than in his previous cycles.