In GOP race for Congress, 1 drops out, another joins
The race to fill the seat being vacated by U.S. Congressman Dennis Moore no longer will include former State Sen. Nick Jordan of Shawnee. But as soon as Jordan dropped out, a Shawnee businesswoman and fellow Republican joined the field for Moore’s 3rd District seat.
Jordan was the Republican nominee for the 3rd District in 2008 and lost to Moore, a five-term incumbent, 56 to 40 percent. While Moore announced he would not seek re-election this year, his wife, Stephene Moore, has announced she would run for her husband’s seat as a Democrat.
Jordan was one of nine people seeking to be the Republican nominee in this year’s race for the 3rd District seat. But, he noted in his statement dropping out of the race, “with so many candidates in the Republican primary for the U.S. House of Representatives, I fear we could provide an opening for our liberal congressman’s liberal wife to sneak into office in his place.”
The size of the field didn’t seem to be a concern for Jean Ann Uvodich, an attorney and former CPA, who announced she would file as a Republican for the seat Thursday.
Uvodich and her husband, Mark, are partners in Ice Sports LLC, a company that owns the ice rink at 19900 Johnson Drive in Shawnee. She has operated the business as the general manager since October 2008. She also has a private law practice.
Uvodich said as a fiscal conservative, she had a down-to-earth approach and was committed to honesty and integrity.
“My background in accounting, my law degree, and my ownership of a small business gives me a distinct advantage over the other candidates,” she stated in a release. “I have real world experience and an understanding of the effects of the actions that our government has taken.”
Jordan said he would not endorse any of the seven other Republican candidates in the primary, Larry Gates, president of the Kansas Democratic Party, said Jordan’s lack of endorsement “reveals lingering divisions within the Kansas Republican Party that continue threaten the unity of their party.”
Jordan is a director with Cohen-Esrey Real Estate Services and a small-business owner with his wife and daughter, operating the Walls of Clay pottery studio in Shawnee. He serves as 3d District chairman of the Sam Brownback for Governor campaign.
In addition to Uvodich, other Republicans seeking the seat are Dan Gilyeat; Patricia Lightner, a former state representative; Craig McPherson; Charlotte O’Hara; John Rysavy; Paul Showen; Thomas Scherer; and Kevin Yoder, a state representative.