Sharice Davids just won the Democratic primary in the KS-03 District. She defeated the Bernie-Ocasio-Cortez backed progressive candidate. She will face incumbent Republican Kevin Yoder in November.

I normally wouldn’t take interest in the race, except that Sharice is a former student of mine.

She did research for me and also took my course. We got along great, and I only have fond memories of her.

https://twitter.com/sharicedavids/status/966024486029053953

[Image via Sharice Davids Twitter]

Sharice is a fighter. Literally.

On 1 November 2013, Sharice Davids stepped into the cage for her first professional mixed martial arts fight. Dressed in grey leggings with a pink band around the waist and a black sports bra, Davids paced around her corner of the cage, eyeing her opponent, Nadia Nixon, as the ring announcer roared their names to the eager crowd in Kansas City, Missouri.

At the sound of the bell, Davids leapt forward and landed a clean left hook that sent her opponent tumbling to the mat. The crowd cheered as Davids mounted her opponent and continued her onslaught. Not long afterwards, the referee separated the fighters and allowed Davids back to her feet. She had won her first professional fight in less than two minutes.

It’s interesting to see Democrats celebrate the fact that Sharice is Native American. According to Salon, Kansas could elect first Native American woman to Congress:

There have been many political milestones for minorities in the United States in the past decade, and soon a Native American woman may be elected to Congress for the first time in history.

Sharice Davids, a 37-year-old attorney and member of the Ho-Chunk Nation tribe, hopes to be the first. The Shawnee resident is vying for the seat in Kansas’ third district occupied by four-term Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder….

When asked about how she feels about potentially being the first Native American woman elected to Congress, Davids told Salon, “It’s just disbelief, like, really? We have a lot of educated Native women who are active in politics. … It feels like it’s about time.”

The daughter of a single mother Army veteran, Davids said she “knows the importance of hard work and service to country,” in a statement.

If this Wikipedia listing is complete, then Sharice would indeed be the first Native American woman elected to Congress. It might be a tie for first with Debra Haaland, a Native American woman who is running for Congress in New Mexico as a Democrat.

Democrats are pretty excited about the possible election of a Native American woman to Congress (these headlines predate yesterday’s primary, and refer to Haaland):

Anyone see a problem with this Democrat/media pre-celebration of electing the first Native American woman to Congress?

Don’t Democrats supposedly have a Native American woman in Congress?

Isn’t she the leading Democrat presidential contender?

Don’t Democrats and the media take great offense when her claim to be Native American is questioned?

I wish Sharice well. Though not so well that she helps flip the House.