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Kansas Senate 2016

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Meet The Candidate – Don Shimkus (Senate District 32)

don-shimkusDon Shimkus currently works as the General Manager and Service Manager of Music Scene in Andover.   Don has as served for more than 10 years on the Oxford school board, currently its’ president.  In addition to his service on the board of education, Don currently serves as President of the Kansas Association of School Boards. Prior to his election as President, he served on KASB’s Board of Directors as Region 6 Vice President, as well as on the Legislative Committee and the Committee on Funding Public Education.  In addition to his board of education responsibilites, he has served on the City of Oxford Planning Commission, the Interlocal 619 Special Education board, and was a founding member of the Sumner County Leadership Initiative.

 

To learn more about Don and his campaign visit his website and follow him on Facebook. You can also let Don know you want to volunteer by clicking here.  To donate to Don’s campaign, click here.

Meet The Candidate – J. Michelle Vann (Senate Dist. 31)

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Dr. J. Michelle Vann comes from a rich heritage of community service that has been the pride and hallmark of her family for generations.   J. Michelle believes that Kansas would benefit from the creation of a fair, balanced tax structure, one that would serve the needs of all Kansans, while encouraging entrepreneurial opportunities that will increase business growth in our communities. J. Michelle believes it is vital for Kansas legislation to ensure that adequate, equitable funding is in place, that will serve the needs and development of all Kansas students in all Kansas schools.

 

To learn more about J. Michelle and her campaign visit her website and follow her on FacebookYou can also let J. Michelle know you want to volunteer by clicking here.  To donate online, click here.

Meet The Candidate – Anabel Larumbe (Senate Dist. 30)

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For Anabel Larumbe, activism is a “Labor of Love!” Anabel works full-time at Grace Med clinics throughout the city, as well as part-time for Primerica Financial Services where she continues to advocate for middle and lower income class families. Anabel helps them to gain financial stability and independence by becoming debt-free and protecting their credit, teaching personal responsibility through fiscal responsibility.  Anabel has worked for reform in cities all across the country, from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California, championing the rights of the working class and effecting change in immigration issues, as well as voter’s rights.  Anabel would restore a common-sense approach to dealing with the issues that face those in the 30th Senate District and she would give a voice BACK to the community that’s been silenced for the last 15 years her predecessor has held the office.

 

To learn more about Anabel and her campaign visit her website and follow her on FacebookYou can also let Anabel know you want to volunteer by clicking here.  To donate online, click here.

Meet The Candidate – Senator Oletha Faust-Goudeau (Senate Dist. 29)

sen-goudeauSenator Oletha Faust-Goudeau is currently the only Democratic Senator representing Sedgwick County.  Senator Faust-Goudeau is a Wichita native who has lived nearly all of her life in the 29th District.

 

To learn more about Senator Faust-Goudeau and her campaign follow her on FacebookYou can also let Senator Faust-Goudeau know you want to volunteer by sending an E-mail to Oletha29th@aol.com.

 

Campaign donations can be sent to:   Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau,  P.O. Box 20335,  Wichita, Kansas  67208

Meet The Candidate – Keith Humphrey (Senate Dist. 28)

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Keith Humphrey is the president and CEO of Jet AirWerks, LLC and Jet AirParts, LLC. Through his businesses Keith employs several dozen Kansans and provides technical scholarships to Cowley County Community College and the Wichita Area Technical College.  Keith first worked in aviation as a member of the United States Navy. Since his honorable discharge from the Navy, Keith has remained involved in veterans affairs and organizations. Keith is the Chairman of the Kansas Democratic Party Veterans and Military Families Caucus, a member of American Legion Post 408, and VFW Auxiliary 7253.  In 2013, Keith’s efforts were key in securing the passage of a bill in Kansas to guaranteeing death gratuity benefits for the families of fallen service members from Kansas in the event of a federal government shutdown. He continues his efforts to pass the legislation at the federal level to protect these benefits.

 

To learn more about Keith and his campaign visit his website and follow him on FacebookYou can also let Keith know you want to volunteer by clicking here.  To donate online, click here.

Meet The Candidate – Tony Hunter (Senate Dist. 27)

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Tony is a West Wichita husband, father and lawyer working in the petroleum industry.   The recent downturn in the petroleum industry left him with a little more time to contemplate the state of the State… and it is not good. No longer content with fuming while reading political articles on the internet or yelling at the radio or television, Tony decided to get off the couch and do something constructive for the state of Kansas by joining the State Senate as a Democrat. That’s why he would appreciate your vote on November 8, 2016.

 

To learn more about Tony and volunteer for his campaign visit his website and follow him on Facebook.  Donate online to his campaign here.

Meet The Candidate – Ben Poteete (Senate Dist. 26)

ben-poteeteBen looking forward to meeting anyone and everyone that is willing to find solutions to the problems in our great state.  During an overseas deployment to Afghanistan Ben learned that it doesn’t matter what your ethnicity, gender, age, or economic status is; what matters is your willingness to listen to people’s concerns and solve them together.

 

To learn more about Ben and to volunteer to help with his campaign visit his website and follow him on Facebook.  You can donate to his campaign here.

Meet the Candidate – Lynn Rogers (Senate Dist. 25)

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Lynn Rogers is a common sense, Kansan running for the state Senate because he wants to find solutions to our problems and take full advantage of the opportunities facing our state.  Lynn has a passion for education. He has served on the Wichita Board of Education for the past 15 years, and he stepped up for the children and parents in Wichita by serving either as president or vice-president of the board for 7 of those years.

 

To learn more about Lynn and his campaign visit his website and follow him on FacebookYou can also let Lynn know you want to volunteer by clicking here and to donate online simply click here.

Meet The Candidate – Gabriel Costilla (Senate Dist. 16)

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Gabriel Costilla was born in TX to a life of poverty and strife. He went through many rough times, but with the help of family, friends, and the most resilient mother a son could ask for, Gabriel was able to climb out from the grips of poverty. As a young boy, Gabriel knew he’d go to college. He didn’t know how he would pay for it, but he knew (because his mother never let him doubt it) that he would go no matter how difficult the journey.  He graduated from Texas Tech in 2011 and went on to get his certification to be a high school English teacher. Gabriel currently teaches at Wichita West High School, so that he can help disadvantaged youth like himself. Gabriel knows all too well the burden that Kansas Legislators have put on hard working people and children across this state. Gabriel didn’t plan on running for office, but when asked if he would run, he knew that he had to rise to the challenge.

 

To learn more about Gabriel and his campaign visit his website and follow him on FacebookYou can also let Gabriel know you want to volunteer by clicking here.  To donate online, click here.

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