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Dear Friend:
Thank you to everyone who attended our town hall meeting last Saturday! We had a great group of about 40 interested and engaged citizens participating. If you missed it, be sure to join us for our next town hall in September! 
Last week’s primary election proves every vote is important! The Republican gubernatorial primary race between Jeff Colyer and Kris Kobach was the closest ever in the state’s history with only a few hundred votes separating the two. On Tuesday evening, Colyer conceded the race, ending the week-long ordeal and officially making Kris Kobach the Republican nominee for governor. 
A race this close draws more focus and awareness to the state’s election laws. Hopefully we can work to address and clarify the issues that were exposed for future elections.
Election night was tough for moderates in the Kansas House. Several legislators lost hard-fought campaigns, including Joy Koesten, Anita Judd-Jenkins, Patty Markley, Steven Becker, and Mary Martha Good.

Senate District 11 Resources:

These candidates were repeatedly attacked by ultra conservative groups like Americans For Prosperity and the Kansas Chamber. These big money special interest groups do not have the best interests of Kansans in mind. They ran ads, sent postcards, and made calls, all with misleading claims about these legislators simply because they were not in their pocket. Kansas needs more free-thinking public servants like these, who were always willing to make the tough votes in the best interests of their districts and the state. 

As teachers and students headed back to school this week, it is the first time in over a decade they went back to classrooms that are close to being constitutionally funded. The legislators who served these last two sessions and voted to support public education are to thank for this progress. However, this victory could be short-lived if Kansans don’t continue to pay attention. The progress we have made in the last two years could easily be reversed by those who want to see a constitutional amendment on school finance. Let's not go backward. We should continue to work on ending the borrowing of funds from roads programs, continued transfers from higher education, as well as stress on KPERS, corrections institutions, mental health facilities, and foster care services. 

Get Involved!
Please join us on September 29th, for the Overland Park parade. Contact me if you would like to volunteer. We have t-shirts available for all those walking. 

It is an honor to serve you in Topeka. 

Very truly yours,

John Skubal
Senator, 11th District
913-469-6641 (H)

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