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Kansas State Senate District 8

The Kansas Senate is the upper house of the Kansas Legislature, the state legislature of the U.S. State of Kansas. It is composed of 40 senators representing an equal amount of districts, each with a population of at least 60,000 inhabitants. Members of the Senate are elected to a four-year term. There is no limit to the number of terms that a senator may serve.

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    Cindy Holscher
    (Dem)

  • James Todd
    (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 A 21 year JoCo resident with business experience in marketing and budgeting at Sprint. Served as a volunteer with Harvesters’ BackSnack program and at her local public school. Married for 28 years with three children who attend local public schools.
Campaign Address PO Box 4781
Olathe, KS 66063
Campaign Phone (913) 568-4293
Campaign Email Cindyforkansas@gmail.com
Campaign Web Site http://cindyforsenateks.com
Education Dual Degrees: BS in Journalism and Political Science
Community/Public Service -Former local coordinator for Harvesters’ BackSnack program. -Former State PTA Legialative Liason; former leader of local PTA -Served as a volunteer for the local library -Classroom volunteer
Ensuring a safe, efficient plan to navigate through the pandemic to help the economy recover while continuing to fund important areas like public schools and infrastructure.
Yes, I would support overturning the SAFE Act. I would like to see Kansas become a leader in making it easier to vote; one idea I would support would be making voter registration automatic through a system set up with the DMV.
I have been advocating for Medicaid expansion since before I entered the Legislature and will continue to do so until it is passed in Kansas. In terms of rural areas, Medicaid expansion and increased telehealth capabilities could positively impact citizens.
I am in favor of a red flag law that would allow for the temporary removal of firearms from threatening situations. Also favor training and a waiting period for gun sales.
If we followed the Nebraska system, we would likely have a fairer system. That would mean people are assigned to committees and the committee members elect the chair. Currently (extremist) leadership picks the committee leaders.
Yes! Right now the committee chairs are allowed to “pocket veto” bills they do not like.
These important agencies have received increased funding, but likely not enough. Additionally, under Brownback, the individuals who headed those agencies were not always competent which caused many issues. Gov. Kelly has appointed people who are more experienced in their respective areas which will help us as we continue to rebuild.
Pass the NDA as well as require impact studies regarding minorities for proposed legislation.
It’s important to elect collaborative individuals willing to work together. Unfortunately, legislators from the fringes/extremes typically have no intention of collaboration.
Yes, I would favor such an amendment to allow an impartial committee to draw the lines as political parties likely only consider what is best for the party, but the people.
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