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Kansas US House District 2

The United States House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the United States Congress, the Senate being the upper chamber. Together they comprise the legislature of the United States.The composition of the House is established by Article One of the United States Constitution. The House is composed of Representatives who sit in congressional districts that are allocated to each of the 50 states on a basis of population as measured by the U.S. Census, with each district entitled to one representative. Since its inception in 1789, all Representatives have been directly elected. The total number of voting representatives is fixed by law at 435.

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    Michelle De La Isla
    (Dem)

  • Robert Garrard
    (Lib)

  • Jake LaTurner
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

In the current political environment, how do you propose working with others in Congress to accomplish representing issues that apply to Kansas?

What federal issues do you see as having the greatest impact on Kansas? How do you propose to address these issues?

What, if any, steps [will you/should our nation] take concerning healthcare and healthcare access? Should mental health be addressed? Why or why not, and how should mental health be included?

What measures do you support, if any, concerning voting rights, setting voting policies, and securing elections in our country?

What, if any, steps should our country take concerning campaign financing and the influence of money in politics?

What is your position on gun control? What measures, if any, do you support or oppose to deal with gun violence?

What steps, if any, should be taken towards immigration reform? What do you support/oppose in current immigration policy?

Of the many issues facing the U.S., which three are your priorities? How might you best address these issues?

Personal Biography Born in New York City, De La Isla attended the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez before moving to Wichita, Kansas to attend Wichita State University, where she earned a bachelor of science degree in molecular biology in 2001. In 2013, Michelle successfully ran for Topeka City Council and was elected to represent the 5th District. She served as Deputy Mayor to Mayor Larry Wolgast in 2016. In 2017, Michelle won the Topeka mayoral race by a margin of 501 votes.
Campaign Address PO Box 67101
Topeka, KS 66667
Campaign Phone (508) 685-5411
Campaign Web Site http://michelleforkansas.com
Education Bachelor of Science - Molecular Biology - Wichita State University
Community/Public Service In addition to serving as Mayor, De La Isla serves on the Board of Regents for Washburn University, the Board of the Topeka and Shawnee County Joint Economic Development Organization, and as Tri-Chair of GO Topeka's Momentum 2022 collective action plan for Topeka and Shawnee County.
As mayor of Topeka I’ve worked across the aisle, because I know that building personal relationships leads to building legislation and getting things done. The fact is that when we all work together we achieve better outcomes. I’ve seen what can be accomplished when all stakeholders are solutions oriented. Encouraging cooperation and creative problem solving has been my job as mayor, and I look forward to working with friends in both parties to help our country invest in healthcare, infrastructure, and public education.
Affordable healthcare, infrastructure, and climate change are issues that affect Kansans every day. Our farmers are still recovering from record breaking flooding last year and families all over the state are out of work and don’t have access to affordable healthcare. We must do better to care for our citizens. We need to act on climate change in the long term by investing in infrastructure now and we need to support our farmers in the short term by investing in broadband now. We need to act on healthcare immediately, COVID-19 has shown us the gaps that have long existed in our system. The federal government must empower local governments to take care of their residents through legislation.
Ensuring every Kansan has access to affordable healthcare, including mental healthcare, is the most important reason I’m running for Congress. The best way to achieve equal access to healthcare is to enhance the Affordable Care Act while allowing the health insurance industry to continue to provide private options, in other words - a public option. COVID-19 has shown us the major gaps in our healthcare system, including access to mental health services. It is vital that we destigmatize and make an effort to promote mental healthcare. Everyone should receive quality healthcare that they need without struggling to pay the bills. Every person should be free to choose between a fortified public option, or private, employer, or union - funded coverage – including those under age 65, and individuals with pre-existing conditions.
Supporting early vote, voting by mail, and expanding the number of days we can vote are all straightforward ways to empower more voters, and we absolutely must support them. All of these options make it easier for more people to make their voices heard. Participating in our democracy is the best way to protect it, and the more people that participate in it, the more accurately everyone is represented. Voter suppression can be disguised in many ways, from partisan gerrymandering to complicated Voter ID laws. Recent voter suppression efforts have shown the protections of the VRA should be restored and enforcedIt is up to elected officials to make our Democracy easy to participate in. Securing our election is just as important. Democracy works because people trust the results, ensuring every vote is counted accurately is part of our responsibility as elected officials. We must stop interference and encourage participation.
Our democracy depends on the ability of each individual voter to make informed and balanced decisions when they vote. The current state of federal campaign finance laws makes that nearly impossible. Since Citizens United, too many elections have been marred by the financial resources of corporations and special interest groups who invest unlimited funds in candidates or races in order to achieve a desired result. The KS02 Congressional race, along with countless others in 2020, will be negatively influenced by the large contributions of corporations and special interest groups. If left unchecked, this system will only continue to produce outcomes desired by the wealthy few, at the expense of the American people. This system will not change until comprehensive campaign finance reform is achieved to level the playing field and return our democratic process into the hands of the electorate. I’ve already taken the No-Corporate PAC pledge.
I support the right of law-abiding citizens to own firearms under the 2nd Amendment. I am committed to working across the aisle to meaningfully reduce gun violence in Kansas and across the nation, including universal background checks, closing wait-time loop holes, and other measures to ensure that all persons who own and possess firearms do so safely, responsibly, and lawfully. I believe that if you want to own a gun you should be licensed to do so, just like I need a license to drive a car.
Part of what makes our country so beautiful is the blending of cultures we experience every day. Every county in Kansas relies on hard-working immigrants who not only grow our local economies, but also make our communities stronger and more vibrant. Any discussion about immigration reform must include a pathway to citizenship for undocumented individuals living in our communities. These are our friends and neighbors. Their children are our children's classmates. I vow to always treat immigrants with the same kindness and respect that our citizens are afforded each and every day and will work to reform existing laws into a fair and efficient immigration system.
I know firsthand what it’s like to fight serious illness without health insurance or access to quality medical care. I will never forget the anxiety I felt each day when I opened the mail. It took me ten years to pay off my medical bills. We must do better for our families. Addressing our infrastructure obstacles will bring us closer to solving our economic challenges, we must bolster our economy while building up our communities. I have heard from rural Kansans who are concerned about our damaged roads, crumbling bridges, and failing water systems. Farmers need us to invest in highways so they can transport their goods, and invest in broadband so they can communicate with their partners. Providing an excellent public education for every child is our responsibility as leaders. I fought poverty and homelessness as a youth. Getting an education saved my life, it enabled me to rise above my challenges, and even now, it is the reason I am able to support my children.
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