Six Shawnee Mission area mayors on Wednesday announced they were supporting Rep. Kevin Yoder’s bid for reelection to a fifth term in office.
In a release issued by Yoder’s campaign, the top elected officials from Overland Park, Shawnee, Lenexa, Leawood, Merriam and Mission Hills said they were supporting Yoder in his race against Democrat Sharice Davids, who won last week’s crowded primary. The mayors of , Gardner, Bonner Springs, Spring Hill, De Soto, Edgerton and Louisburg threw their support behind Yoder as well, as did the mayor pro tem of Olathe.
The local mayors’ statements are below:
Carl Gerlach – Mayor of Overland Park
“I’m proud to endorse Kevin because he is such a champion for families in Kansas. From supporting billions of dollars of increased education funding to fighting for our veterans, Kevin has always had our backs in Overland Park.”
Michelle Distler – Mayor of Shawnee
“Kevin has been very approachable, responsive, and attentive to our community’s needs and has reliably helped us cut through D.C. bureaucracy to resolve issues for our residents. We are fortunate to have him working for us in Washington.”
Michael Boehm – Mayor of Lenexa
“Kevin Yoder is a great representative for our community in Congress. He is responsive to the needs of our community and works hard to find solutions. Kevin Yoder is a problem solver, a friend, and advocate for Lenexa. I am proud to support him in his re-election.”
Peggy Dunn – Mayor of Leawood
“I am proud to support Representative Kevin Yoder because I greatly value his excellent leadership. He is engaged with our community and is a terrific communicator, always listening to his constituents and striving to represent our priorities on matters about which we feel strongly.”
Ken Sissom – Mayor of Merriam
“It is my pleasure to lend my support to Congressman Kevin Yoder’s reelection campaign. He is a presence in our community and works hard to be a positive voice for all of us in Congress.”
David Dickey – Mayor of Mission Hills
“I am happy to support Kevin’s reelection efforts. He is a friend and advocate of our community who I have known since he ran for the Kansas House. We are fortunate to have him represent us in Washington and he is the right person for the job.”
UPDATE 5:53 p.m.: Shawnee Mayor Michelle Distler said this afternoon that she was not aware the statement she provided the campaign would be used as an indication of support or as an endorsement. “They had asked me for an endorsement, and I told them that I do not endorse any candidates ever. I have a personal policy that I do not give endorsements. I don’t tell people who to vote for,” she said.” Details on her response are here.