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Dear Friend:

As most of you know, Stewart and I have lived in Johnson County, Kansas for nearly 40 years. We raised our two daughters in one of the finest school districts in the county. Together, we founded a successful business in Corporate Woods which now employs 14 full-time professionals. After launching our company, I  completed my doctorate at KU and served as assistant professor at Washburn University in Topeka, as research assistant professor at the Department of Family Medicine at KU Med Center, and as assistant dean of the Graduate School at the KU ~ Lawrence Campus. I continue to teach at KU and Johnson County Community College.

Life in Kansas has been good for us. That is, until it wasn’t.

In 2011, when our family faced a life-threatening mental health crisis, we couldn’t get the help that we needed. Access to information and support was confusing. Wait times for appointments and assessments were prohibitively long. Guidance was limited. That’s why I began a journey to advocate for better mental health care in Kansas.

Over the years, I have been actively engaged in communicating with my legislators about the ramifications of various bills being introduced during the legislative session. I’ve emailed them and called them when an important vote was coming up. I often drove to Topeka to meet with legislators face-to-face about mental health issues. But, they simply were not listening and funding for mental health in Kansas continued to decline.

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3310 W. 137th St
Leawood, KS 66224
So, on December 29th, the day before my 61st birthday, I took my two grandchildren to the Johnson County Election office and filed to run for State Representative in District 28.

Since that day I have immersed myself in all things legislative in Kansas and found that not only has our mental health system been starved to the point of extinction; the “march to zero” is bleeding Kansas in ways I never thought possible. Our state budget fails to address falling revenue or support basic state services, our schools may not open in the fall, and our roads and bridges are literally crumbling.

Over the past 6 months I have raised over half of what I believe I will need to win in the August 2nd election. But, I need your help to reach my goal. I am asking you, my friends and family, to support my campaign by donating $100. I realize that many of you don’t follow Kansas politics or how legislative decisions are affecting our way of life here. But, it is my sincere hope that every one of you will be able to make this contribution knowing that I would do the same for you if our roles were reversed.

I promise to work hard every day to ensure your support is not in vain. I am in this to win, to help turn things around in Kansas.  I have assembled a campaign team of some of the brightest minds in local politics and have the pledged support of many influential people in my community, including leaders of local chambers, school superintendents, school board members, principals, teachers and parents. All I need are resources to get my message out and with a little help from my friends and family, I can achieve my goal. 

Thank you for considering my request and for your support of my campaign!

PS – Please make checks payable to “Joy for Kansas” and mail them to my home address (3310 W 137th Street, Leawood, KS 66224). Or, you can go to my website ( and donate through PayPal or Cash.Me. 
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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