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Kansas State House District 14

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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  • Charlotte Esau
    (Rep)

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    Angela Justus Schweller
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

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 Angela is a Johnson County native, who attended schools in the SMSD and earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Kansas. Angela and her husband, J.T., chose to raise their family here in Johnson County, just like her parents did, because of the strong public schools and tight-knit community. As a Realtor, Angela has experience working collaboratively to find solutions that work for everyone. In 2018 Angela ran for KS House, and came within 175 votes of winning.
Campaign Phone (913) 710-1146
Campaign Email Angela4KS@gmail.com
Campaign Web Site http://angela4ks.com
Education Bachelor's Degree in Business Communications at the University of Kansas School of Journalism.
Community/Public Service 1. I started a community action group following the Women's March in 2017, called March Forward KC. We held regular meetings to educate ourselves on how to best be an advocate on the issues important to us. It resulted in many women running for office and positions within their local county party. 2. I actively volunteer as a room parent in my kids' classrooms, organizing teacher appreciations, activities, and parties. As well, I work the school lunches once a week so that I can interact with all the grade levels there, often giving them all high-fives as they leave the lunchroom (something I probably won't get to do anymore now with COVID-19, sigh). 3. I assist at a Title 1 school in the Olathe School District, helping first graders every week with their high-frequency words. I was a mentor to an Olathe middle-turned-high schooler, and participated in the Lead to Read program in KCMO. 4. I participate in Mainstream Coalition's Voter to Voter program, encouraging peer influence in voter advocacy and increasing numbers at the polls.
Address 20905 W. 90th Terr., Lenexa, KS 66220
The COVID-19 crisis has illustrated the interconnectedness of healthcare and our economy. I would prioritize Medicaid expansion because not only will it help over 150,000 Kansans who cannot afford coverage, but it will also bring federal tax dollars back to our state. It is estimated that our state has lost approximately $4 billion in federal tax dollars because we have not expanded Medicaid.
Voting is a right, not a privilege. I support overturning the SAFE Act and support measures that make voting more accessible, not more difficult. We must enact laws that prevent voter registration purges and the closure of polling locations that place an undue burden on citizens who want to cast their vote. In addition, all counties in Kansas should be able to elect their own local election commissioner.
Not accepting our federal tax dollars back to be reinvested through Medicaid Expansion has been irresponsible. Not only would it help over 150,000 Kansans who cannot afford coverage, but it would also provide over 13,000 jobs, decrease the infant mortality rate by more than 50%, and help rural hospitals stay open.
We must work to reduce gun violence, accidental deaths, and suicides in our community through evidence-based policies. Some of those policies I support are expanding background checks, disarming domestic abusers, and allowing local communities and college campuses to have more control over concealed carry laws.
As opposed to committee chairs being appointed by House and Senate leaders, an election by the committee members would create a more democratic process.
Elected officials work for the people of Kansas, and they have a responsibility to communicate clearly with their constituents and improve transparency when able. Some policy and procedural changes I would support would be allowing the majority of a committee vote to bring a bill to a hearing instead of giving that full power to the committee chair, recording committee votes, and recording all policy votes on the floor including those on amendments.
Recently, Gov. Kelly issued an executive order regarding DCF and our foster care system to help address some of the challenges we are seeing in these departments. I am supportive of the direction that Governor Kelly is taking us, and I look forward to working together with other legislators to create policy and solutions to DCF, our foster care system, as well as the Department of Labor and Education, to come up with pragmatic solutions to the challenges we are facing as a state.
In addition to reversing the discriminatory legislation related to adoption agencies, legislators also need to pass anti-discrimination protections for sexual orientation and gender identity state-wide.

I would push for policies that include setting SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound) goals for reaching specific levels of diversity in our leadership at all levels (ie. public schools, local elected officials, law enforcement, etc).

I am a strong believer that education is the foundation of everything. Our youth’s first impression of leadership is who they see at the front of their classroom, their teachers. Ensuring that we are creating an equitable learning environment, including diversity in who is leading our classrooms, is what will create the future face of our state and its future leaders.
Elected officials need to focus on evidence-based problem-solving. Respectful disagreement strengthens our democracy, but we need to value the input of experts and evidence.

I have been endorsed by the National Democratic Redistricting Committee for this exact reason. Politicians should not be allowed to manipulate voting districts for their own personal or partisan gain. I would absolutely support the creation of impartial committees for the redrawing of the districts in Kansas.