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Dear Friend:

With only 5 weeks until the August 2nd election, I’m busy walking my district, putting up yard signs, attending community forums and house parties, recruiting volunteers to work at the Johnson County Educator’s phone bank, and knocking on doors. My district represents large swaths of southeastern Overland Park and Leawood where over 22,000 people live; over 15,000 are registered to vote.  Over the past two months, I have made exceptional progress in my grassroots efforts and have been humbled by the support I’ve been given.
My wonderful volunteers and I have knocked on nearly 3,000 doors in my district! And, I’ve spoken to over 500 people at their doorstep, the vast majority of whom are eager to see a big change in Topeka. This past weekend, we planted over 200 yard signs! I feel very good about my chances of beating Jerry Lunn on August 2nd, but I will continue to work as though I am losing. I decided six months ago to run to put a stop to the extremist leadership of Governor Sam Brownback and my opponent, Jerry Lunn who routinely votes to destroy the quality of life we have come to expect here in Johnson County, such as our outstanding schools, universities, and public roads. And, I won’t stop fighting for the Kansas we have all grown to know and love until we fix this mess!


About the 28th District

Contact Joy
3310 W. 137th St
Leawood, KS 66224

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Legislative Information

Legislative Update

Governor Sam Brownback called a Special Session of the legislature to respond to the Kansas Supreme Court’s decision that Kansas schools are funded inequitably to unconstitutional levels. As such, the state would be unable to distribute funds through an unconstitutional formula for the next fiscal year beginning July 1. The legislature returned to Topeka on June 23, with just a few days left in the fiscal year to attempt to reach a compromise which could garner 63 votes in the House, 21 in the Senate, earn the governor’s signature and pass muster with the court.

Because the previous session had adjourned, no bills existed and the process started fresh with very few procedural tricks available. On top of that, the shortened schedule with a looming July 1 deadline provided additional pressure to get the job done. I am so grateful for the hundreds of teachers, parents, and kids who took the rare off-school opportunity to see democracy in action. Your voices were heard.

Legislative Leaders had a bill they expected a majority to rubber stamp, which stripped millions directly from Kansas classrooms. Fortunately for our schools, that didn’t happen, and a bipartisan coalition came together to produce a bill with half the cuts and protecting classrooms. The plaintiffs attorneys signed off on the plan, and it passed the House 
116-6 and the Senate 38-1. Rep. Melissa Rooker’s recent newsletter provides a good overview of the play-by-play, as well as links to the various proposals and data for each district.

While my opponent voted for the final bill, he supported the original proposal and dragged his feet opposing the compromise bill until it was clear it would pass overwhelmingly. It’s time for leadership that is part of the solution, working with colleagues across the Republican political spectrum and with Democrats to craft policy that is best for all Kansans, not just his narrow personal agenda. It’s time for Joy for Kansas!
August Primary

One of the biggest things I’ve learned over the past two months as I’ve met with folks at their front door is that a lot of folks don’t realize the importance of the August 2nd primary for Kansas voters.

Kansas politics are often decided in the August primary, since many races pit one Republican (an extremist) against another (a moderate).  My district race is a case in point ~ it’s between me and one of the guys who made this mess in our State.  Since there is no Democrat running, the representative for District 28 will be decided on August 2nd!! As news of the Kansas mess spreads far and wide there has been substantial notice in the press concerning an “
epic showdown” in the GOP Primary this August. Even more compelling, four former Kansas Governors came out this past week to rebuke the current administration. It’s not hyperbole, many candidates are fighting back and we will win! But, if the moderate voters don’t show up, all of the people who made this mess will likely to go right back to Topeka. And, we don’t want that! So, here are a few ways to make sure your vote is cast.
Vote by Mail

Only registered Republicans and Unaffiliated voters can vote in the August Republican primary.  You can request a ballot be mailed to your home, if you think you will be out of town or if you just want to avoid the long lines. You can download an application to vote by mail here. Unaffiliated voters will need to declare they want a Republican ballot on the application. Once filled out, you can fax (913-791-8931) or mail your application to the Johnson County Election office (2101 E Kansas City Road, Olathe, KS 66061). You must complete a separate application for each election. Ballots will be mailed directly to your home 20 days prior to the election.

Advanced Voting - begins on July 18th!!

Advanced voting locations will open two weeks prior to August 2nd at these locations. Be sure to bring a photo ID with you. Unaffiliated voters will need to declare they want a Republican ballot when they show up to vote.

Election Day – August 2nd

The Johnson County Election office is projecting a large turnout this year, so be prepared for a wait if you go to the polls on Election Day. You can find your polling place
here. Be sure to bring a photo ID with you.

me on my campaign Facebook page (joyforkansas) and on Twitter (@joyforkansas) where I post my weekend walking parties. I will be out knocking on doors most every day between now and August 2nd, JOIN me when you can.

Let me know if you would like to help “spread the Joy” in other ways! Together, let’s fix this mess!

Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or comments about these or other legislative issues. I look forward to the opportunity to represent you!

At your service,

Dr. Joy Koesten, Candidate
Kansas House of Representatives
Serving Leawood and Overland Park
Copyright © 2016 Paid for by Joy for Kansas, Bob Regnier, Treasurer, All rights reserved.

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