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Kansas State House District 18

The Kansas House of Representatives is the lower house of the legislature of the U.S. state of Kansas. Composed of 125 state representatives from districts with roughly equal populations of at least 19,000, its members are responsible for crafting and voting on legislation, helping to create a state budget, and legislative oversight over state agencies.

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  • Cathy Gordon
    (Rep)

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    Cindy Neighbor
    (Dem)

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With all of the issues facing Kansas brought about by the COVID-19 virus, what would be your first priority?

Would you support overturning the SAFE Act that was put into place creating barriers to voting by Kansans? What changes to Kansas election laws and voting systems would you support? Please explain why you would support those changes.

What is your position on expanding Medicaid? Why? What would you propose to ensure health care availability in rural areas?

What is your position on gun control and the issue of gun violence? What, if any, changes would you propose to current laws?

How can changes be made to current House and Senate rules that allow for Chamber Leaders to control Committee leadership?

Will you support changing the House and Senate rules to allow a transparent system for determining which proposed bills are heard, debated and voted on? If not, why not?

Issues with DCF and foster care, plus antiquated computer systems in the Departments of Labor and Education have made news. Do you feel that our current agencies are funded at a level that they can carry out their missions? If yes, what is the problem? If no, how can it be addressed?

How can Legislators address the issues of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Kansas?

In the current politically-polarized environment, how can Senators and Representatives work together to govern Kansas?

New legislative districts are drawn by the Legislature during the second year following the Census (2012, 2022, etc.) Would you vote in favor of an amendment that would create an impartial committee to draw the new legislative districts in Kansas?

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Personal Biography Years Shawnee Mission School Board 13 YearRetired Medical Administrator and Dental Office COO 21s Shawnee Mission Advisory Board Past President Kansas Association of School Boards
Campaign Web Site http://cindyneighbor.org
My first priority would be the health and safety for all Kansans. This covers a lot of territory such as having a safe re-opening plan that fits the needs of all communities. It also includes securing that our elections, both Primary and General, are open and available to all. The fact that requests were sent to all in the county is a great step in individuals feeling safe but also allowing their voice to be heard.
Yes. I would support overturning the SAFE Act. No individual who is properly registered should be denied the right to vote. Instead of decreasing the number voting, we need to take down barriers that make it difficult to impossible for individuals. This is a right for all citizens. I would be in support of looking at doing away with the Electoral College and replacing it with popular votes. Many other states have already taken this position and truly is representative of all voters.
I am firmly in support of expanding Medicaid and always have been. Just today, I read about how many Kansans have lost their insurance due to COVID-19. We are presently sending over $3 billion of our tax dollars to other states who currently have Medicaid expansion in place. Several hospitals in rural areas of Kansas have been closed due to our inability to pass Medicaid expansion. We can’t ask businesses to locate in areas where there is not the availability for quality health care. We also need to work with our institutions of higher learning to encourage doctors to locate in rural areas. There is a program in place that offers tuition relief for anyone who graduates and agrees to spend a certain number of years working in rural communities. We need to strengthen these programs.
We need to get back to requiring background checks and waiting periods. There needs to be stricter guidelines on who can purchase a weapon. More training should also be required. Local control by counties needs to be put back in place with businesses allowed to post “No Guns Allowed” if they choose. I understand that different counties have different demographics, and that is why the local leaders should make their decisions to fit their communities. Guns should not be allowed in hospitals, colleges, mental institutions or schools other than by security personnel. We need to work with our criminal justice system and judges to work on current laws to enhance them or change them to fit society today. They need the flexibility to assign sentences based on the crime.
This is a very serious issue. Currently, the majority party assigns all Committee leadership. Often times these assignments are based on promises rather than knowledge of the subject. They promise leadership to vote how they are told and do not very under a threat of losing their chairmanship. This is going to require all parties coming to the table and working in a civil unbiased manner. I have not seen the will of the majority party to do this any time soon.
I would gladly support this endeavor. Too many good bills never get heard or debated because leadership does not want them for some reason, either political or personal. This would be more representative of the people and not by just a few.
The agencies are not adequately funded and have not been for many years. The former Governor and his Secretary of Health and Human Services left the agency with a lack of leadership and bad bids for services that did more harm than good. The bids were not transparent and left the new administration with severe problems that will take more time and money to repair. During the last session, many shortages were addressed by developing a plan to address tough issues in the DCF system. There are many more steps to take to move forward, but they all require funding. The current Secretary is putting that plan in action as quickly as possible with available funding.
The agencies are not adequately funded and have not been for many years. The former Governor and his Secretary of Health and Human Services left the agency with a lack of leadership and bad bids for services that did more harm than good. The bids were not transparent and left the new administration with severe problems that will take more time and money to repair. During the last session, many shortages were addressed by developing a plan to address tough issues in the DCF system. There are many more steps to take to move forward, but they all require funding. The current Secretary is putting that plan in action as quickly as possible with available funding.
First, we need to elect individuals that want t o work together and are willing to compromise. No one person or political party has all the right answers. There must be transparency from both the Senate and the House and political games need to be gone. We need to work together to do what is best for the people and not political gain.
Definitely.