Meet Your Candidates, Kansas: House of Representatives Election

With election day just around the corner, BVN News has decided to present an overview of the candidates, that students who are able to vote may be able to better educate themselves before heading out to the polls. Today, we take a look at the candidates for a position as the next Representative of Kansas’ third Congressional district.

 

Democratic candidate, Kelly Kultala.
Democratic candidate, Kelly Kultala.

 

Kelly Kultala is a Democrat running against incumbent Representative Kevin Yoder. Kultala is a former Piper School Board member, a commissioner on the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas and a State Senator for the 5th District, which included western Wyandotte and Leavenworth Counties. During her tenure during the Kansas State Senate, she served on the Ways & Means Committee and was the Ranking Minority Member on the Transportation Committee and Utilities Committee.

Kultala’s Political Platform:

  • Kultala supports investment in education through funding Pell Grants, decreasing student loan interest rates, and increasing vocational and technical training for students not attending a 4 year university.
  • Kultala has promised to never cut Social Security & Medicare.
  • Kultala has promised to help small businesses grow and increase the minimum wage for workers.
  • Kultala has said she will not support policies that give tax breaks to big corporations and the wealthiest Kansans, at the detriment of middle-class Kansans and seniors living on fixed incomes.
  • Kultala has said she will continue to fight for a state budget that protects early learning programs, reduces waiting lists for Kansans with disabilities, and supports aging programs.
  • Kultala favors equal pay for women and wants to make sure insurance companies do not charge extra for women.

 

Congressman Kevin Yoder (R).
Congressman Kevin Yoder (R).

Kevin Yoder is a incumbent Republican running against Democratic challenger Kelly Kultala for the position of Representative of the 3rd District of Kansas. A graduate of the University of Kansas (B.A. Political Science, J.D.), Yoder has served in his position since 2003 and has been re-elected 3 times. He has served on the Committee of Appropriations during both of his terms, focusing on agriculture, criminal justice, and veterans affairs.

Yoder’s Political Platform:

  • Opposes the Affordable Care Act and has voted for its repeal
  • Supports free trade agreements that resolve the trade imbalance and help kickstart jobs and American manufacturing.
  • Supports reforming and simplifying the tax code to promote growth.
  • Supports the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and domestic exploration and mining of coal, natural gas and fossil fuels, and by creating an environment to encourage the expansion of renewable energy abundant in Kansas such as wind.
  • Supports a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution
  • Supports the reform of the Veterans Affairs Department requiring public colleges to allow veterans and their dependents to attend at in-state tuition rates.
  • Support Head Starts, a program that helps at-risk children ages 3-5 with reading and other basic skills to make sure they are ready to start kindergarten.
  • Strongly favors stricter limits on voting rights.