Questionnaire: Rep. Henderson seeks re-election in 35th District

Rep. Broderick Henderson (Submitted photo)

Rep. Broderick Henderson is the Democratic incumbent for the 35th District of the Kansas House. He has served 26 years in the Kansas House. He recently responded to a Wyandotte Daily election questionnaire.

The primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 4. Early voting is ongoing in Wyandotte County, and some residents currently are sending in their mail ballots. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Election Day, Tuesday, Aug. 4, and voters may go to their assigned polling places.

Name and office sought:
Broderick Henderson – 35th District-Kansas House of Representatives

Occupation and experience:
35th District State Representative – 26 years
Unified Government – Supervisor Daily Operations-Parking -38 years

College -3 years

Organizations, clubs, groups to which you belong:
Young Memorial Church – Superintendent -Sunday School
Volunteer -Food Pantry/food distribution
Mentor -community youth
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity

Reasons for running:
I am running for the 35th District State Representative in order to serve the constituents of this district. Over the past years I have learned about the operations of state government and that knowledge and experience I bring to the table. Being from the minority party I know the importance of that knowledge and it provides me with a legislative advantage that otherwise someone without experience…would not have.

What are the three most important issues facing the district and how would you handle them?
The first issue is the impact of the coronavirus. I will work for Medicaid Expansion so that members of the 35th District will have access to health insurance.
The second issue is public education. I have in the past and will continue to support quality public education and adequate funding.
The third issue is employment. I will continue to work with the small businesses in the 35th district and the businesses in Fairfax Industrial District to help prepare workers for employment. I will also work to help create new businesses.

If you are an incumbent, list your top accomplishments in office:
My voting record proves that I have always supported policies that enhance the 35th District. For example, I have always voted for increasing minimum wage, the reinstatement of prevailing wages, expansion of housing opportunities, providing more funding for public education, and policies that would help the businesses in the Fairfax Industrial District.
In the House of Representatives, I voted to expand Medicaid, However, it failed in the Kansas Senate.

Have you run for elected office previously? When? Results?
I ran for State Representative and won and have served in that capacity for the past 26 years.

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Sporting KC loses 3-1 to Philadelphia in quarterfinals

Sporting Kansas City’s run in the MLS is Back Tournament ended Thursday with a 3-1 quarterfinal loss to the Philadelphia Union at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Walt Disney World in Florida.

The Union struck three times in the space of 15 minutes to build a commanding first-half lead, and although Alan Pulido pulled a goal back on the stroke of intermission, Philadelphia emerged victorious to reach the semifinals and eliminate Sporting from the competition.

With Sporting’s participation in the MLS is Back Tournament now complete, the club will begin preparations for the resumption of the 2020 MLS campaign later this summer.

MLS plans to continue its 25th season with a revised schedule, followed by the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs and Audi MLS Cup.

Manager Peter Vermes made two lineup changes from Sunday’s penalty shootout win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC by giving starts to Homegrown duo Gianluca Busio and Daniel Salloi, who replaced Gadi Kinda and Khiry Shelton.

Busio was involved in Sporting’s first notable attack at the 18-minute mark, creating a turnover to set up Pulido, but the Mexican’s low drive from the right edge of the box was smothered by Philadelphia goalkeeper and MLS saves leader Andre Blake.

In the 24th minute, the Union drew first blood and ended Sporting goalkeeper Tim Melia’s MLS shutout streak at 429-minutes dating back to Feb. 29. A flowing move involving Santos, Ray Gaddis and Alejandro Bedoya was finished off by Jamiro Monteiro, who slotted into a gaping net off Bedoya’s cross.

Philadelphia doubled its advantage just two minutes later, as Santos galloped free on a counterattack following a Sporting set piece and tucked a right-footed shot into the left corner of the net.

Santos bagged his second goal of the night and his third of the tournament on 39 minutes, racing onto Brenden Aaronson’s diagonal through ball and side-footing a first-time effort just inside the near post.

Facing a three-goal deficit, Sporting responded with a much-needed tally of their own seconds before halftime.

Shortly after Blake sprawled out to push aside Johnny Russell’s long-range blast, the Sporting winger found a pocket of space on the right flank and curled a cross to the far post. Pulido was on hand to steer a diving header past Blake for his team-leading fourth goal of the season in all competitions.

Vermes’ men began the second half brightly and Pulido nearly notched his brace in glorious fashion four minutes after the restart.

His 28-yard free kick bent over Philadelphia’s four-man wall and had Blake well beaten, but the ball smacked off the post and denied the Mexican what would have been a glorious strike.

Russell and Pulido continued asking questions of the Union defense, and Sporting thought they had made the score 3-2 in the 57th minute. Russell beat multiple defenders along the right endline before crossing low to Pulido, whose sliding attempt was blocked by Blake. The rebound was poked home by Russell, but the forward was deemed to have been in an offside position.

A pair of second-half substitutes conjured threats of their own as Sporting remained on the front foot, with Kinda and Gerso Fernandes both seeing their left-footed efforts turned away by Blake.

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