TOPEKA – Topeka resident Carolyn Weinhold announced Monday that she has filed by petition for election to the 20th District Senate seat representing southwest Shawnee County.
Weinhold, 67, formerly served the Kansas House of Representative’s 69th District. “I feel extremely honored to have served the people of the 69th District. If elected to the Kansas Senate, I will fight for affordable health care for all Kansans, quality early childhood education programs, preserving Kansas air and water for future generations, building strong public schools, and growing small businesses.”
Weinhold served as a board member of the Kansas Head Start Association and on the Region VII Head Start Board. She recently retired as the Director of the Kansas Head Start-State Collaboration Office after eight years of service. “After working for Head Start for the past eighteen years, I am convinced that quality early childhood education and parent involvement are the keys to ensuring all children are ready to learn by the time they reach kindergarten. As your State Senator, I will promote bipartisan efforts to keep our commitment to Kansas children by enhancing early childhood programs such as Parents as Teachers, Early Head Start and quality child care.”
As a state Senator, Weinhold, would also work to reform Kansas’ broken health care system. “I believe that all Kansans should have access to affordable health care options. This session’s health care bill did very little to address the needs of citizens that have health insurance but are faced with rising premiums and diminishing benefits. As a member of the Senate, I will work hard to make positive changes to ensure that all working Kansans can afford health insurance for themselves and their families,” she said.
Weinhold, an eight-year resident of Topeka, also cited job creation and economic development as important issues in Shawnee County. “While many Kansas counties have flourished economically, Shawnee County has been left behind. We must find ways to attract new businesses to our community and to help small businesses continue to grow so that more good paying jobs are created in our area.”
Weinhold holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Education from Slippery Rock University and a Master of Science in Education from the University of Kansas. Before retirement, she was heavily involved in the Parent Health Literacy Project, the Kansas Fatherhood Coalition, several oral health projects, and the annual Parent Leadership Conference. Recently, she was presented with the Exemplary Service Award by the Kansas Children’s Service League for her efforts to keep children safe, strengthen families and improve community involvement.