Wife of Congressman Moore joins race

TOPEKA — The wife of Democratic Congressman Dennis Moore has announced she will run to replace her husband in Kansas' 3rd District.

Stephene Moore said today that she wants to build on her husband's record, including ensuring access to health care. She is an obstetrics nurse in Lenexa.

The 3rd District covers Johnson, Wyandotte and a portion of Douglas counties in eastern Kansas.

Several Republicans have filed for the race, including Rep. Kevin Yoder of Overland Park and Nick Jordan, a former state senator from Shawnee who lost the November 2008 election to Dennis Moore .

Democrats say the district is favorable for the party, noting that it has elected several Democrats to the Legislature and was carried by President Obama in 2008.