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Kansas State House District 104

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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    Garth Strand
    (Dem)

  • Paul M. Waggoner
    (Rep)

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 Grew up on a small town Kansas farm. Graduated from K-State. Loved my 37-year credit union career holding numerous state & national positions. Married. 3 adult children. Active in my church and the Hutchinson community.
Campaign Phone (316) 347-7333
Campaign Email gowithgarth@gmail.com
Campaign Web Site http://gowithgarth.com/
Education K-State B.S. degrees in Education and Business.
Community/Public Service Numerous
Health & safety of citizens. Focus on local business & employment wherever possible. Focus on state Ag markets.
Every citizen should be encouraged and able to safely & conveniently vote. With today's technology, there is no reason that safe, accurate & efficient improvements cannot be made.
I support Medicaid expansion to improve access to affordable health care to more citizens. The details of such a plan of course are important and the plan must be sustainable as far as affordability by the State. Incentives by rural areas to attract qualified medical professionals are a must. Telemedicine is ripe to be leveraged.
First we have to get past the polar opposite positions of all or nothing. We can make incremental improvements and learn along the way. I am a gun owner and support the 2nd Amendment. We should be licensing weapons just as we do other dangerous items...cars, explosives, etc. Improved background checks, improved national databases and some version of a Red Flag law are ways to begin. Elected officials should focus more on those who elected them and less on special interest groups.
I am not studied enough on legislative policy, procedure & protocol to comment. However....change needs to happen. What just happened in the 2020 Kansas legislative session is a dis-service to taxpayers and an embarrassment to our State. One small step might be that Committees elect their own Chairs.
Yes, I will support that change.
There is too much attention on partisan politics and obviously not enough on providing good service to taxpayers. In my career in the private sector, I was a hands on CEO. I understood what was going on, generally how things worked, and what the member experience was. I believe elected officials should spend more time visiting, learning and experiencing State services and service. I mean...a 40+ year old computer system is simply unbelievable. Tales I have heard about DCF and foster care are not only embarrassing to our State, they are complete and utter breakdowns of government. Hiring of qualified individuals should be a must vs. political appointments.
Personal example in Topeka and at home. Dialogue with those impacted. Updating State statutes, policy, procedures & protocol as appropriate. Elected officials should focus more on those who elected them and less on special interest groups.
Personal example. Intentional civility. Elected officials should focus more on those who elected them and less on special interest groups.
Definitely.
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