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Kansas State House District 58

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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    Geoffrey H Gawdun
    (Rep)

  • Vic Miller
    (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 Jeanne in Aug. 1984 Seven children -Three grandchildren -Retired as a Captain from KS Dept of Corrections after 33 years of service.
Campaign Phone (785) 506-1562
Campaign Email gawdunforkansas@gmail.com
Campaign Web Site http://www.gawdunforkansas.com
Education -Bachelor's Degree from Benedictine College - May 1981
Community/Public Service -20+ yrs as Precinct Committeeman -33 yrs service working for the Ks Dept of Corrections
Address 2207 SE 36th St. Topeka, Ks 66605-2413
• Kansans have done a great job at complying with various health recommendations, and working together to flatten the curve. The first priority is getting people back to work, where employers have taken adequate safety measures to protect their employees and customers. We need local solutions that are both agile and responsive.
• The voice of each Kansas citizen should be heard in every election. I favor common sense solutions to protect that right, and to ensure that all elections truly reflect the will of the people. We must facilitate voting for vulnerable Kansans and those living with a disability to ensure their voices are heard.
• Health care costs are too high. I have tremendous concern for Kansans living with a disability and single parents who are struggling to afford health care. We need innovative solutions that increase access and lower costs.
• As a retired law enforcement officer, I was trained to fully comply with gun laws, many of which were passed with bi-partisan support. As a husband and father, my wife and children, including my three daughters and two daughters-in-law, have a right to protect themselves.

• The leaders of the House and Senate present their vision for solving the state’s problems to the members of their respective chambers, and are elected by their colleagues. Elected leaders from both parties are then entrusted with the task of appointing various committee leaders and members, and ensuring that each committee does its due diligence in finding solutions.
• Transparency is very important in all areas of government. In my work experience, when presented with a new situation or environment, I always take the time to watch, listen, and learn how things work before proposing changes. I have researched many important issues and offered alternatives and solutions to fix problems, and will continue to do so as a state representative.
• COVID-19 has exposed a number of weaknesses in how state agencies are being run. The fact that the Department of Labor has taken money out of taxpayers accounts was simply wrong. I support increased legislative oversight, especially when it comes to the way contracts are awarded to state agencies. Transparency and accountability are critical to ensuring that taxpayer dollars are being used responsibly.
Kansans are truly good people, who treat each other with dignity and respect. The legislature has addressed concerns about discrimination with by-partisan, common sense laws that prevent discrimination and harassment in the work place, for example. It is up to each of us to ensure the atmosphere is maintained.
• Our state legislature is truly representative of the people of Kansas, and brings together people who will work to find practical solutions to the state’s problems. This is not a question of political parties, but a question of how to improve the lives of Kansans.
• Kansans elect their state legislators to express their will on a variety of issues, including the issue of redistricting. Legislators have a duty to represent the people of their district and make sure their voices are heard. The only interest legislators should be concerned about is that of their constituents.
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