Rep. Dennis Moore (D-Kan.) is reportedly going to announce today that he won’t seek re-election, making him the first Member of Congress this cycle to announce an outright retirement from the House.
The six-term Democrat’s departure, which was reported first by the Kansas City Star Monday morning, will leave his Republican-leaning district up for grabs in 2010. Moore’s 3rd district seat will no doubt be a top pick up opportunity for Republicans, who have already indicated they plan to target the seat. Several candidates have already expressed interest, including the 2008 GOP nomineeNick Jordan.
President Barack Obama narrowly won the 3rd district in the 2008 presidential race.
Potential or already declared candidates:
Jeff Colyer (R) – State Sen.
Daniel Gilyeat (R) – Iraq War Veteran
Terry Goodman (R) – Overland Park City Councilman
Darla Jaye (R) – Radio Talk Show Host
Nick Jordan (R) – Ex-State Sen. & ’08 Nominee
Patricia Lightner (R) – Ex-State Rep. & ’04 Candidate
John Rysavy (R) – Businessman & National Guard Veteran
Kevin Yoder (R) – State Rep. & Attorney
Kansas is going red in 2010