"I grew up in a military family and learned the importance of public service at a young age. I have lived in Shawnee for 45 years and I understand what is important to my constituents. We need to fund our public schools and infrastructure to keep our economy growing. Kansans want and deserve access to healthcare. We must do all we can to reduce the explosive suicide rate in our community and I will fight for Kansas to invest in mental health. Finally, I believe that government should be open and responsive to the people it serves, I will continue to vote in favor of legislation to make our work more transparent to the public. With nearly a decade of legislative experience, I know what it takes to find solutions, navigate the complicated governmental process, work across party lines, and get things done. " ~Cindy Neighbor
I have been a public school advocate for more than 30 years, serving on my local PTA, the Shawnee Mission School Board and voting for adequate and equitable funding in the legislature. We must fully fund public education and I will always be an advocate for our teachers and students in Topeka.
Beyond K-12 education, we must support postsecondary education in Kansans. I will work to make college and technical training more affordable and accessible, delivering the educated workforce our state needs to succeed in today's economy.
We need to expand Medicaid. Doing so is a critical to public health in our state and will give tens of thousands of Kansas families access to healthcare. Additionally, as a previous board member of Johnson County Mental Health Board, I am deeply concerned about the rising rates of suicide, particularly among young Kansans. I'm proud to have worked to help bring the new National Suicide Hotline to Kansas. I will continue to fight for more funding for mental health services for our communities.
Kansas' economy was devastated by the misguided policies of the Brownback administration. I'm proud to have worked with Governor Kelly to reverse the tax cuts, close the "bank of KDOT," and get Kansas back on track. Most recently, we axed the food sales tax burdening families across the state. Because of the positive changes we've made in our state, thousands of new jobs have been created and more are heading to the area.
Kansas voters clearly rejected efforts to change our constitution and eliminate a woman's right to choose on August 2nd. I have opposed and will continue to fight measures that would restrict women's rights and put politicians between patients and their doctors. We need to resist efforts to politicize healthcare and our legal system. Extremism will not put Kansas on the path to prosperity