Archive for Thursday, September 4, 2003

Woman decides to run for Senate

September 4, 2003

Jan Justice, a southern Leavenworth County resident, has made a firm decision to run for the Democratic nomination to the District 3 seat in the Kansas Senate.

"I am going to run," Justice said this week.

District 3 covers southern Leavenworth County, Jefferson County and northeast Douglas County. Sen. Bob Lyon of Winchester, a Republican, currently holds the District 3 position.

In August, Justice, 53, said she was considering a Senate campaign. Her decision to run was aided by the support of the Democratic Party and individuals with labor interests.

Her campaign will begin by building a "grass-roots" base of supporters and contributors in each town and county District 3 covers. Also, "a significant amount of fund-raising," will be begin soon, she said.

Justice's platform includes fiscal responsibility, workforce and small business development, affordable health care, education -- K-12, secondary and otherwise -- as well as working family issues.

Justice is the executive director/CEO of Community LINC, a 15-year-old nonprofit corporation serving homeless and at-risk families in Kansas City, Mo. She has worked for the corporation for the past six years.

She is also the CEO of New Idea Workplace, a fee-based service providing corporate recruiting, training, diversity processes and coaching. She holds degrees in agricultural economics, marketing and business and is an ordained minister.

Other previous work experiences includes working as sales manager for DeCoursey Business Systems, now IKON Office Solutions, a Fortune 500 company.

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