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Seven Kansas Democrats Are Now Battling To Unseat Rep. Kevin Yoder

Williams Campaign

Update March 7 at 4:30 p.m.: Chris Haulmark has dropped out of this race and is now running against state Rep. Erin Davis, according to a Tweet.

The original story appears below.

There is yet another Democrat in the race for Rep. Kevin Yoder’s seat in the 3rd Congressional District of Kansas.

Sylvia Williams from Leawood is the seventh Democrat and second woman in the race.

Like the other six candidates, Williams has never held public office.

A recently retired banker who grew up in southeast Kansas, Williams says Congress needs people with financial experience but focused on the middle class. “They don’t care about the stock market," she says. “We need to get some policies passed that help small businesses. We need to get policies passed that help kids in college have better accessibility to financing for their college loans.”

Williams says she does not want to arm teachers and she would support an assault weapons ban.

She also says she supports women’s issues and embraces diversity.

Also in the race is Sharice Davids, an economic development consultant, Tom Niermann, a teacher, Chris Haulmark, an IT executive, Brent Welder, a labor lawyer, Jay Sidie a businessman who ran against Yoder in 2016 and Mike McCamon who also has a technology background.

Correction: Candidate Mike McCamon's name was inadvertently left off the list.

Sam Zeff is KCUR's Metro Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @SamZeff.

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