I’m Sharice Davids, and I’m running for US Congress to unseat Kevin Yoder in Kansas’ 3rd District. Here’s why I’m going to win.
I don’t look like your typical Congressman. But your typical Congressman doesn’t look like America.
When I look at our current Congressional leadership, I see a homogeneous group of mostly wealthy, mostly white men who come from similar backgrounds of privilege and access. But the America I know is so much more than that. The America I know is a country of diverse, hard-working people who are fighting to be heard and represented in our national discussion.
I know what that’s like. I’ve had to fight my whole life – because of who I am, who I love, and where I started.
I am Ho-Chunk, a Native American tribe based in Wisconsin. I was raised by a single mom who was in the Army for 20 years. I am a first generation college student. I come from a low socio-economic background. I identify as a lesbian.
Like many Americans, I’ve had the odds stacked against me. And I’ve never seen myself or my life experiences represented in our country’s leadership.
But that’s slowly starting to change. Because now more than ever, we recognize the truth that representation matters. We have seen a historic number of diverse candidates running – and winning – in elections across the country this year. In what Emily’s List calls a “sea change in American politics,” women are dominating Democratic primaries in states from Pennsylvania to Idaho to Texas.
But still, a Native American woman has never been elected to Congress. An open member of the LGBTQ+ community has never been elected to represent Kansas. And it’s 2018. Let that sink in.
When you’re creating policy that affects everyone, it’s necessary that everyone has a say in that discussion. Living and working on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, I saw first-hand the disconnect that exists when people legislating regulations have no concept of how those regulations affect people on the ground. Working in the highest levels of our federal government as a White House Fellow under President Barack Obama, I quickly saw that my voice was needed at the table.
It’s clear that my district’s current representative, Republican Kevin Yoder, doesn’t give a damn about anyone who looks like me or doesn’t think like him. He hasn’t held an open town hall in our district in more than two years. He’s voted against our education, against our healthcare, and against our environment. All while accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from the payday loan industry and the gun lobby.
Kevin Yoder has never lost a Congressional election. But he’s never faced a candidate like me.
I’ve been fighting from behind my whole life. I worked my way from Johnson County Community College to Cornell Law School, onto one of the country’s largest corporate law firms and then the prestigious White House Fellowship program.
Now I’ve built a historic Congressional campaign that the entire nation is watching, in one of the most flippable districts in the country. In the time since I entered this race in February, the Cook Partisan Voting Index shifted the Third District to “lean Republican (R+4),” while RealClearPolitics relabeled it a “toss-up” from “leans Republican.” The District voted for the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in 2014 and we’re one of only 23 districts in America that voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016 but is represented by a Republican in Congress.
My campaign is uniting the district to defeat Kevin Yoder and change the face of Kansas politics. Emily’s List has endorsed my candidacy, and hundreds of volunteers have teamed up with us to reclaim our representation.
Progress is undefeated. But we have to fight for it. I hope you’ll join me.
- To learn more about Sharice Davids’ campaign, visit her website: Website Homepage
- If you would like to get involved in her campaign – check out her volunteer page: Volunteer For Sharice
- To learn more about this race, see this site with KS-03 election info: Ballotpedia Link
- Map showing Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District: