Candidates for the US Senate seat in Kansas, currently held by Sen. Jerry Moran, have been campaigning since the start of the year and have a wide range of positions on the issues.
Republican candidate Moran has held public office since 1987. He first served as a state senator and rose through the ranks in the United States House of Representatives before becoming a United States senator in 2010. If he wins, this would be Moran’s third term. in this office.
Moran sponsored 126 bills during the 2021-22 legislative session, three of which passed — a bill to provide funds for advanced air mobility research, a bill to award the Medal Congressional Gold Award to the women of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion and a bill that promotes fair tuition for veterans.
On his website, Moran says he is anti-abortion and endorsed by Kansans for Life, the leading anti-abortion campaign in the August amendment referendum. Moran also says on his website that he fought against the “defund the police” movement and advocates for “enforcement of our immigration laws” in Congress.
Moran raised $3,317,479.40 this election cycle, according to the Federal Election Commission.
Democratic candidate Reverend Mark Holland won a crowded primary in August with 41% of the vote. Holland is based in Kansas City and served as senior pastor at Trinity Community Church until 2018.
Prior to running for the U.S. Senate, Holland was a member of the Board of Commissioners for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, KS. He also served as mayor of Kansas City, KS from 2013 to 2018.
During his tenure as KCK mayor, Holland helped establish a national football training facility in Kansas City, working with then-Governor Sam Brownback. He also helped bring a $300 million Amazon shipping facility to Kansas City, which helped create more than 1,000 jobs.
On her website, Holland says she believes in “every woman’s right to have autonomy over her body.” Holland also says he believes American news should stop criminalizing social issues, such as “mental health, abortion, addiction and gender identity.” Holland also believes everyone in America deserves affordable health care, stating on his website that “health care is a human right, not a privilege.”