A week after a wave of female first-time candidates won big in city-level elections, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly was in Johnson County on Tuesday to kick off the campaigns of a group of women running for the statehouse in next year’s races.
In an appearance at the Johnson County Democrats offices in Overland Park, Kelly said it’s important for women to take on leadership roles. Newly elected women — from both sides of the aisle and in the House and the Senate — have been able to make “an incredible difference in the state,” she said.
Democrat Joy Koesten announced her plans to run for the Kansas Senate, District 11 on Nov. 12.
“Voters deserve a candidate who will not have to constantly endure extreme political pressure to follow their party’s agenda,” Koesten said in an event at the Johnson County Democrats headquarters last week. “They deserve a leader who will always advocate for sound public policy that aligns with the values and priorities of the district.”
Joy has blogged extensively about her experience and activities in the legislature and beyond.