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Kansas State Senate District 28

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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    Jim Ward

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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?

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Education Ward received his bachelor's degree from Creighton University and his JD from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. He practices law in Wichita, Kansas. He is a member of the Wichita Bar Association, Project Freedom, and the Wichita Youth Court Project.
My first priority is and always has been the safety and well being of Kansans. I’ve been a leading champion for the expansion of Medicaid to the nearly 150,000 Kansans currently without affordable healthcare options. This remains a top priority along with adequately funding our schools, making infrastructure investments, and helping our state recover in the wake of COVID-19.
Yes. The SAFE Act is a form of unconstitutional voter suppression intended to keep votes from being cast. A further change I would support is permanent advanced ballot status, meaning if you request an advance ballot for the primary or general, you don’t have to submit that request for every election. It remains in place as long as you’re at the same registered address.  
I’ve been a consistent champion for Medicaid expansion and view it as one of many things we need to keep health care viable in rural areas. Additionally we have to look at prescription drug costs, the recruitment of physicians, and the expansion of broadband to support telehealth options in underserved, remote areas.
I believe we need to do more to ensure gun safety laws. I’ve introduced legislation to enact red flag laws and been a consistent voice for gun safety policies, including closing the background check loopholes.
The only way to enact leadership changes is to elect more Democrats so you have more votes on committees and in leadership elections. We have to have the votes and we only get that by electing people who share the belief that the rules should be more fair and balanced.
Yes, and I’ve introduced bills that would do as much. Predictably, they didn’t advance.
Years of underfunding and mismanagement at DCF has resulted in more harm to our most vulnerable children. We need to continue to invest in qualified staffing at the agency and adopt evidence-based treatments.  
Diversity, equality and inclusion is essential in the democratic process. We need to formulate and adopt policies that address systematic inadequacies. Failure to do so is a detriment to progress and the advancement of all Kansans.
We need to put our political labels aside and pass legislation that helps Kansans, not our parties. When legislators adhere more to the party line than the needs of their neighbors, little of value is accomplished.