Archive for August 2014

Kultala, Marselus run for 3rd District congressional Democratic nomination

Attending a recent campaign forum at Kansas City Kansas Community College were Reggie Marselus, left, and Devon Roberts. Roberts was representing Kelly Kultala. (Staff photo)

In the race for U.S. Representative, 3rd District, two Democrats, Kelly Kultala and Reggie Marselus, are competing for the opportunity to run against Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder in the general election.

Kultala, who lives in the Piper area of Kansas City, Kan., is a former state senator, a former Unified Government commissioner and a former Piper School Board member. She also was a lieutenant governor candidate in 2010. A consultant, Kultala formerly worked in the nonprofit philanthropy field.

Kultala has been endorsed by several groups and individuals, including the Kansas National Education Association, the AFL-CIO, the Mainstream Coalition, and Kansas Democratic Party Chair Joan Wagnon.

A Lenexa resident, Marselus is a retired electrical worker who is active in a union retiree group and other union groups. He also is a retired church organist.

Yoder, an Overland Park lawyer, is running unopposed in the Republican primary election. He began serving as U.S. representative in 2011. He is from a small community outside Hutchinson, Kan.

At the candidate forum July 30 at Kansas City Kansas Community College, Kultala was represented by Devon Roberts because of a scheduling conflict.

“We need more women in Congress to continue the progress of fighting for what we’ve been fighting for, for generations,” Roberts said. “Kelly is committed to ensuring that equal pay for equal work becomes a reality in this country and is no longer just an unfulfilled promise.”

She said Kultala knows too many middle-class families are living on the edge because she has been a member of one of those families.

“She knows that no family should ever stare bankruptcy in the face because someone gets sick,” Roberts said. “She will fight to ensure that we do not regress to a time when insurance companies could drop you just because you’re ill.”

Her campaign has been very active, making more than 9,000 phone calls, she said. Roberts said that Kultala is the candidate who can beat Yoder in November, and that her polls were in her favor, with only 30 percent wanting to elect Yoder.

“For 30 years, I wore a hard hat, I wore bib overalls and steel-toed boots and safety glasses, and I worked to build things that you can see,” Marselus said. “Now, in my retirement I want to work to build something that you cannot yet see and that is your future.”

“President Obama said, send me a Congress in 2014 that wants to build a road,” Marselus said. “Ladies and gentlemen, I build things, and I want to build roads. Our nation’s infrastructure has a potential of $3 trillion to our economy, with hundreds of thousands of workers. For decades, all paid taxes, and it will revitalize our nation’s economy. I also want to see Social Security protected. My approach to that is hands-off. I believe that if we open the door to any reform, once we open the door, reform comes in a flood. The Social Security system is doing just fine.”

He said all citizens in America should get the rights they deserve as citizens.

Marselus said that Kultala and he share many of the same opinions on the issues. “I believe that I bring the experience of a working man and I will work for you as a working man in the U.S. Congress,” he said.

Despite huge differences in the campaign finance warchests between the Republican and Democratic candidates, Marselus still had hope.

“Even big money can be defeated by a large amount of small people,” Marselus said. He said he planned to work his way into the U.S. Congress.

“If you allow advertising to affect your vote, then you’re not paying attention,” he said. “If you elect someone who buys more advertising because they have more money, then the only person you’ve elected is someone who had more money and can buy more advertising.”

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Pitching struggles in T-Bones loss

Kansas City spotted Gary SouthShore seven runs through five innings, which was too much of a deficit in an 8-5 loss Friday night at the U.S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind.

For the third time in this series, the RailCats took a 2-0 lead. Unlike Thursday night, though, when the T-Bones pitchers were able to hold the Gary SouthShore offense at bay long enough for Kansas City to take the lead and go on to win 8-3, the T-Bones’ first two pitchers, Rick Zagone and Jared Messer, gave up nine hits and eight runs through 5 1/3 innings.

Kansas City’s offense finally got to Gary SouthShore starter Stephen Bougher in the top of the sixth inning. Trailing 7-0, T.J. Mittelstaedt tagged Bougher (6-5) for a one-out home run, Mittelstaedt’s 12th of the season. Then, with two outs, Matt Padgett singled, moved to second on a base hit by Ray Sadler, and then scored on a double by Nick Schwaner.

The RailCats, however, answered with an insurance run against reliever Messer in the bottom of the sixth for an 8-2 lead. It was the third run Messer gave up in 2 innings of relief. For the starter Zagone (6-5), who was Kansas City’s most dependable starter early in the season, it was another rough outing. Zagone exited after 3 1/3 innings, allowing five runs and five hits. It was the fourth consecutive start in which he’s allowed at least five runs.

The T-Bones put together a two-out rally in the seventh. With Vladimir Frias and Brian Erie on base with two outs against relief pitcher Chuck Fontana, Danny Richar singled in Frias. Padgett then roped a double that scored Erie and Richar that cut the RailCats lead to 8-5.

Padgett, who was one of the league’s best hitters last season and re-joined the T-Bones earlier this road trip on July 25, had his first three-hit game in a T-Bones uniform since July 30, 2013. He went 3-for-5 Friday with a run scored and two RBIs.

Kansas City started the eighth with back-to-back hits and looked primed for another come-from-behind win, but Frias and Erie both struck out, and Robby Kuzdale ended the comeback bid with a groundout.

The T-Bones (34-37) and RailCats (41-30) will conclude the four-game series Saturday night at 7:10.

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– Story from T-Bones


Advance voting continues today at Kansas Speedway

Advance voting continues Saturday at the advance voting satellite facility at the Kansas Speedway, near I-70 and I-435. (Staff file photo)

Advance voting continues Saturday at the Kansas Speedway, near the intersection of I-70 and I-435 in Wyandotte County.

Advance voting is at the satellite voting center, north of the 110th exit on I-70, on the south side of the Kansas Speedway.

Advance voting continues on Saturday, Aug. 2, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Voters also can drop off any advance ballots they received by mail at the advance voting center today during its open hours. This is the last day for advance voting at this facility. Voting is by touchscreen only. Any Wyandotte County registered voter may vote in advance there.

Primary Election Day is Tuesday, Aug. 5, at the regular polling places.

For more information on elections, visit or call 913-573-8500.