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Kansas State House District 29

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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    Jerry Clinton
    (Rep)

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    Brett Parker
    (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?

Personal Biography Married to Rosemary Clinton for 49 years, Jerry is a proud father of 3 sons and 7 grandchildren. Jerry is a Navy Veteran who served in the Vietnam War. After his military service, Jerry attended Vocational Training School at Kansas State College of Pittsburg. He would go on to work as a mechanical design engineer for 18 years at The Pritchard Corporation and later founded his own small business, Clinton Design Inc and Drafting Services.
Campaign Phone (913) 980-6804
Campaign Email Jclint1971@gmail.com
Campaign Web Site http://ClintonForKansas.com
Address Jerry Clinton 7904 West 115th Street Overland Park, Kansas 66210
Low interest loans to small businesses.
No
I believe in offering more Kansans access to affordable healthcare by expanding Medicaid. I would support a plan that requires premiums and copays. This will help ensure that Kansans who are struggling to make ends meet are able to quickly get back on their feet.
Offer and provide better training to adults and children on the safety and use of weapons and provide free locks.
Vote the incumbents out of office each election.
Yes, transparency give power to the people and takes away from the government. The only way you will have transparency is to replace the incumbents.
DCF and foster care should be ahead of the game instead waiting till it’s to late. Put more money into the schools. Have DCS working within the schools with families to help them work on solving family issues before children are removed from their families. This would allow teachers to be teachers and refer the children in need of assistance to someone trained in that area.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Kansas should be celebrated and protected.
Divide government is a good thing. However when our representatives vote a party line out of fear of the party, that representative needs to voted out of office.
No, there is no such thing as an impartial committee. There would be no way to hold the committee responsible to the voters.
Personal Biography Born and raised in Johnson County, Brett Parker is a graduate of Olathe East. He has worked in the very same school district, teaching English at Countryside Elementary School and Pioneer Trail Middle School. An alumnus of the University of Missouri Kansas City, Brett is currently an active member of the Kansas National Education Association (KNEA) and has served as vice president and national delegate for the Olathe National Education Association where he championed students and their families.
Campaign Phone (913) 735-6812
Campaign Email parkerforkansas@gmail.com
Education Degree in Secondary Education from UMKC in 2010
Community/Public Service Legislator, Vice President of Olathe NEA 2014-2015
Address PO Box 13434 Overland Park, KS 66282
My first priority with the COVID-19 virus is protecting the health and safety of all Kansas to the best of our abilities and make sure our governmental resources are accessible and available.
I have personally introduced the legislation to repeal the SAFE Act and continue to support its removal. I would support changes that include same day voter registration, permanent advanced ballots, and the elimination of the failed cross check system. These changes would help Kansans participate in free and fair elections.
I am strongly in favor of expanding Medicaid which will help provide insurance to 150,000 Kansans and provide a boost to the economy. This is all really helpful to my suburban district and would greatly increase access in rural areas as well. During this health crisis it is more important than ever that Kansans have access to affordable healthcare.
Gun control is a safety issue and is helpful for the public health of all Kansans. Gun violence is preventable with some common sense safety measures, such as universal background checks, required permits and training for concealed carry, the elimination of campus carry, a limit on magazine sizes, and the implementation of red flag laws.
The current House and Senate rules need to be changed to give more power to the majority and less to the select few leaders to create a more democratic institution. The majority of a committee needs to be able to override a leadership decision and bring a bill to the floor for a vote if they feel it is necessary. Similarly, the House and Senate chambers at large should have the same override powers with a majority of support.
Yes this change in the rules would make the Kansas House and Senate work more democratically and would more truly represent of the will of more Kansans.
No we're not there yet, our agencies need more to function at their best than they have received in years past, and our work to improve them continues. I have been supportive of Governor Kelly's key investments in our foster care system and look forward to continuing the work in reinvesting in our children and families. Recently, we passed the Families First Act and hired dozens of new social workers. These are steps in the right direction but there is still more work to be done.
I strongly believe that representation matters and that this includes elected officials. Through my work on the Democratic campaign committee and as a member of Democratic leadership, I am proud to be supportive of the pursuit of diversity, equity, and inclusion. I look forward to continuing to work towards creating space for all voices. Different perspectives need to be in the room, and I hope to elevate and amplify their voices as leaders.
I believe it is important to keep an open mind and have a willingness to learn about new issues. I also believe it is important to get to know your colleagues and work continuously to find moments where I am able to work with everyone. I take the work of building relationships across the aisle very seriously so as not to default to party lines unnecessarily. I welcome cooperation at every realistic opportunity.
Yes, I have drafted the legislation to create an independent redistricting committee in each of my two terms.