By Bryan Lowry
Kansas City Star
February 21, 2020 11:13 AM
A former Burns & McDonnell executive will join the Republican primary to challenge Democratic Rep. Sharice Davids in Kansas.
Mike Beehler, a former vice president of Kansas City engineering firm Burns & McDonnell, confirmed that he is in the process of filing for the seat in Kansas’ 3rd congressional district, which covers Johnson, Wyandotte and Miami Counties.
Beehler, 60, splits his time between a condo in Florida and a house in Leawood. He said he changed his voter registration from Florida to Kansas last week. His four children attended the Blue Valley School District during his time with Burns & McDonnell and he said he considered the state his home.
He pointed Davids’ December vote in favor of President Donald Trump’s impeachment as one reason he decided to challenge the freshman Democrat. He blamed Trump’s impeachment partly on the president’s inability to follow through with pledge to “drain the swamp” in Washington.