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Dear Brandon:

As Topeka toils into midnight hours, outside the watchful eye of the Kansas public, many of us are out talking to voters, helping them see another option - a transparency, accountable, and accessible option. 

There’s nothing conservative about forcing the largest middle class tax increase in Kansas history, running up record debt and threatening more credit downgrades, taking power away from communities, tampering with the checks and balances by threatening to impeach the Kansas Supreme Court, and defunding education so not every child has the chance to become an educated and involved participant in our democracy.  I believe in strong local government, because it keeps the power closest to you, the citizens.  I believe that the Kansas Supreme Court has every right to make sure the legislative and executive branches of our Kansas government stay within the bounds of their power.  And most importantly, I believe a solid public education is the best way to maintain a vibrant and accountable democracy.  That is why I hope you, the voters, will support my campaign.

The Republican primary on August 2nd is your best chance to restore pride in our government and state.  My campaign is sending out applications for mail ballots if you would rather vote from the comfort of your own home. 

Please do not hesitate to reply to this newsletter if you have concerns, want to volunteer to make phone calls to your neighbors, or canvass your neighborhood.  Click here to help me meet voters at their doors.  I hope you’ll give me the opportunity to work to restore Kansas Common Sense to Topeka this August!

Very truly yours,
Republican Candidate, Kansas Senate, 11th District
913-469-6641 (H)

The Scoop

As an Overland Park City Councilman, I had the opportunity to cut the ribbon at Adelman Travel Agency.  It is small businesses like this that keep our economy growing.  I will work in the Senate so that the employees of Adelman can continue to have quality schools and roads here in Johnson County.


4/27/2016 – Attended a Ribbon Cutting at KU Rehabilitation Center
On Wednesday I had the honor of attending a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new University of Kansas Rehabilitation Center.  While I’m overjoyed this new center will be providing excellent care for patients and outstanding training for students, I’m worried about the continuing cuts to higher education.  Earlier this year, the Governor and Legislature cut public higher education in Kansas by 3%, with more cuts to follow.  Bringing jobs to Kansas starts with having an educated workforce, and investing in universities that educate entrepreneurs and skilled workers will create more jobs than tax cuts ever will, despite what the Governor says.


3-term Overland Park Councilman John Skubal

Business Development Officer,
Kaw Valley Engineering
24-years, JCCC Director of Campus Services
2-years, KCK Public School Teacher

Senate District 11 Resources:

4/27/16 Stand Up Blue Valley Education Forum
On Wednesday night, I attended a forum hosted by Stand Up Blue Valley, a parent and teacher organization founded to advocate for public education.  We heard many stories from parents and teachers, all of which are concerning to me regarding our excellent schools in Johnson County.  But perhaps most pleasing about the forum was the unveiling of Voting Hub created by parents to compare legislators to their opponents on education issues.  Find it here.

4/28/16 Rotary Young Professionals Meeting @ Scheels Sporting Goods
Having been an active member of the Overland Park Chapter of Rotary International for many years, I attended a meeting hosted by Scheel’s in Overland Park on the subject of public service.  Organizations like Rotary Club remind me that it is citizens, not bureaucracy, who are the real drivers of change in this world.  My thanks to Overland Park Chapter President Pat O’Donnell for hosting the event!    


4/28/16 “Taxes, Politics and Faith” Forum, Asbury Methodist Church
On Thursday night I attended a forum hosted by Asbury Methodist Church in Overland Park.  The panel included: Duane Goossen, former Kansas Budget Office Director, Sam Zeff, KCUR Education reporter, and Rabbi Moti Rieber, Director of the Kansas Interfaith Action.  Mr. Goossen in particular was very informative on how the current Legislature and its creation of our budget crisis is hurting the least fortunate Kansans by undermining their access to quality government services.  Judeo-Christian beliefs stress the importance of helping the poor, not special interests to help politicians get elected.  While I prefer that government take the backseat to private donations in helping the less fortunate, I still believe government serves an important role in ensuring equal opportunity, especially education and transportation services.

4/30/16 Listening Tour at Foo’s Custard and Coffee @ 95th and Mission
Today was my first of hopefully many Listening Sessions for the citizens of my district!  If elected, I pledge to remain accessible via electronic communications and in person.  My thanks to those who turned out to hear me speak on the issues and ask questions.  I’m pictured here with some of my most loyal supporters and friends!


4/30/16 Knocking on Doors in Leawood and Overland Park
My favorite part of campaigning to be your State Senator is meeting all of you.  Today I teamed up with Joy Koesten (candidate for the House 28th), and Jan Kessinger (candidate for the House 20th) to canvass parts of Leawood and Overland Park.  If you’d like to walk with us and meet your neighbors, go to to sign up to walk with us!


Upcoming Events

5/2/16 Tour of Blue Valley High School and meeting with Principal Scott Bacon
5/2/16 Overland Park City Council Meeting
5/7/16 Mom’s March Walking Party in House District 28, Volunteer here
5/8/16 Mom’s March Walking Party in House District 20, Volunteer here

Legislative Update

The legislature worked through the weekend and didn’t get much done. The Senate spent an inordinate amount of time naming a bison herd. The proposal was to name the herd for a longtime State Representative from southeast Kansas, who happened to be a Democrat, and whose widow is running against the incumbent Senator from that area. Ultimately, the bill was sent back to committee for further consideration. Your tax dollars hard at work!

A proposal was brought to the House to reverse the LLC tax loophole, but the change wouldn’t take effect for more than a year and doesn’t come close to fixing the massive deficit created by the 2012 tax change. It would do nothing to help the disastrous cuts to schools, roads, and more borrowing. A majority of the House saw the proposal for what it was – an election year postcard vote so those who continue to stick their heads in the sand about our state’s financial woes, can “say” they voted to close the loophole. Mark my words, you’ll see this vote on postcards and boasted about in candidate forums this summer, when the bill was never intended to pass. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments. I look forward to the opportunity to represent you in Topeka.

Councilman John Skubal
Candidate, Kansas Senate District 11
Serving Overland Park and Leawood
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