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Shake-Up In The Kansas Race For The 3rd Congressional District Seat

Brent Welder for Congress

A shake-up in the race for the Democratic nomination in Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District is boosting the campaign of labor lawyer Brent Welder.

Welder now has the endorsement of Andrea Ramsey.

She was once considered a front-runner for the nomination but has now bowed out of the race last week due to allegations that she sexually harassed a former subordinate when working as an HR executive.

Ramsey has denied the allegations.

Welder also scored an endorsement from Jason Kander, a former U.S. Senate candidate in Missouri who is now heading a national voting rights initiative.

With Ramsey out, Prairie Village teacher Tom Niermann appears to be Welder’s main competition for the nomination in the KC metro district and the right to challenge four-term Republican incumbent Kevin Yoder.

A supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders in last year’s presidential race, Welder says he’s part of a “new generation of Democrats” working to build a “fair economy” and root corporate corruption out of government.


Jim McLean is managing director of KMUW's Kansas News Service, a collaboration of KMUW, Kansas Public Radio and KCUR covering health, education and politics in Kansas. Follow him on Twitter @jmcleanks.

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