TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - State Senator Laura Kelly is seeking a third term.
The Topeka Democrat filed Monday for re-election to the 18th district, which encompasses northern Shawnee County and Wabaunsee County.
Kelly filed by petition, submitting twice the number of names required by law.
Sen. Laura Kelly's re-election statement:
TOPEKA –State Senator Laura Kelly announced today (Monday) that she is running for re-election in the 18th District. Kelly filed by petition, submitting twice the number of names required by law. Kelly has been elected to the Senate twice before, winning by more than 5,000 votes in 2008.
"It has been a privilege to represent the hard working families of Shawnee and Wabaunsee counties. When I ran for office, I promised to fight for educational opportunities for every child, economic opportunities for middle-class families, and a state government that is efficient and responsive to the needs of all Kansans. That is what I have done, and that is what I will continue to do if re-elected,” Kelly said.
In her eight years in the Senate, Kelly has developed a well-deserved reputation for moderate, common sense leadership in a legislature that is too often characterized by bitter partisan fighting and divisive rhetoric. On the important issues of education, job creation, and fiscal responsibility, she has charted her own middle ground course that reflects Kansas common sense values.
Kelly, a powerful voice in state budgeting, has consistently argued for a “rainy day” fund that would be locked into the Kansas constitution. Such a fund would set aside surplus tax receipts that could be used only when state revenues were lean. This is a fiscally responsible initiative and a far better alternative than the drastic cuts the state was forced to make over the past three years as tax revenues declined.
As senator, Kelly has also been a champion for public education and early childhood education, believing that investment in early intervention pays off with large dividends in the future.
“I know of no more important investment that the state can make in its future than investing in a strong education system. It means better jobs, better citizens, and better business opportunities. I have fought hard to make the state renew its historic commitment to public education, and I will continue to fight for restoration of the funding that was cut when state coffers were empty,” said Kelly.
“In today’s economy, we must do everything we can to create job opportunities in the state and a climate friendly to business. I have worked hard to make that happen. There are still too many Kansans struggling to make ends meet. It is imperative that we continue funding for road, bridge, and transportation hub projects as these mean jobs for Kansas citizens and infrastructure vital to keeping and attracting business,” said Kelly.
While supporting all reasonable efforts for property tax relief for her district, Kelly has been a vocal opponent of the radical tax cut bill that Governor Sam Brownback just signed into law.
“Non-partisan authorities are predicting $2.5 billion deficits for state government within 5 years if this plan remains law. This will devastate our education systems, drive property taxes into outer space, and threaten our public safety systems. I will be working hard to repeal the most dangerous parts of this law,” said Kelly.
Senator Kelly resides in Topeka with her husband, Ted Daughety, MD. They have two adult daughters, Kathleen and Molly.
The 18th district includes northern Shawnee County and all of Wabaunsee County.