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Kansas State Senate District 27

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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    Mike McCorkle
    (Dem)

  • Gene Suellentrop
    (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 Born and raised in Wichita. Worked full-time from 16. Joined the Army after Highschool. Worked as photographer and intelligence analyst and volunteered to deploy for Desert Storm and received Bronze Star. Last assignment to U.S. Embassy in Damascus, Syria where I met and married a Norwegian diplomat. Lived and worked in Korea and for last 16 years in Norway. I am divorced but have three grown children. I returned to Wichita to care for my aging parents. Ran for office to help make Kansas better!
Campaign Phone (316) 227-1928
Education Associate Arts (UofMaryland, EurDiv)'88, BS General Studies (Regents)'95, BS Information Systems (UofMaryland, AsianDiv)'01, MS Management (TroyStateU, AsianDiv)'04.
Community/Public Service Secretary, Oslo HHH (2008-2011), Founder/Leader of OH3 Book Club (2013-2016), Secretary SSCDC (2020-present)
Address 1639 N Brunswick St Wichita, KS 67212
Expanding Medicaid immediately. Public health should be first priority. Looking for new ways to safely do business, work, and interact.
I support a public review of the Safe Act to overturn or not. I belief that voter registration should be automatic or at the very least, as simple and easy as possible.
Medicaid expansion should be approved asap! It is no coincidence that Oklahoma and Missouri voters approved Medicaid expansion in their states during a spreading pandemic. People without healthcare are scared. It is wrong that 150,000 Kansans (including 7000 military veterans and their families!) are facing a spreading pandemic without adequate healthcare because the incumbent prioritized his minority pro-life agenda over living Kansans. This overdue expansion is essential for the overall prosperity of Kansas. Affordable healthcare should not only be available to the wealthy and well-insured. Illness can bankrupt a family. "No one can afford not to have adequate health care"(Lakoff). Healthier Kansans thrive better, work harder, earn more and invest more. Rural communities and farming families have been victims of the medicine for profit since the 1980s. I support having regional centers to lessen distances rural families must commute for care. Expanding Medicaid is good for Kansas!
Ownership of guns is protected by our constitution, but adequate background checks should be mandatory along with waiting periods. As a veteran, I know the importance of proper weapons training and safety training and secure storage of weapons and ammunition when not in use. I do not believe military-style assault weapons should be available to civilians.
I am unsure, at this writing, how the House or Senate rules apply to this situation.
Yes, of course! Public transparency is essential to hold elected leaders accountable for their actions.
I do not know all the details for all of these topics, but understand that the Kansas DCF and foster care have systemic problems that fail to support young people properly and many end up in a life of crime after they age out of the system. Antiquated computer systems suggest budgetary limitations. The pandemic has affected many agencies whose funding is at risk because of pandemic-reduced tax revenue. Budget priorities must be reassessed to maintain essential services. I believe that education should have a special priority to avoid funding cuts.
Mix things up! Include more people of color in everything. To me: Black rights, Women's rights, and immigrant's rights are all about Human rights. Our constitution is based on equality for all. I believe in inclusion and value diversity and would plan to participate in diverse social activities rather than attend one particular church or club or patronize any one school, etc.
I am confident that in the wake of the 2020 elections, we will see more Democrats in the Kansas legislature. Legislators should be held accountable for their actions and votes to voters. More round table discussions of issues important to voters with legislators will motivate them to work together regardless of party affiliation for the common good.
Yes, I support creating an impartial committee to draw the post-Census legislative districts in Kansas.
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