Candidate is searching for will of her district
While Jan Justice is making a bid to win the District 3 seat in the Kansas Senate, she has made it clear that she is not just running for herself.
The southern Leavenworth County Democrat instead said the interests of the citizens in the district and their children and grandchildren are what prompted her to seek the seat that Bob Lyon will be vacating.
"The question is, will I truly represent what the district wants and not what I want?" she said. "The honest answer is yes."
Justice has spent the last year meeting the people in the district, which encompasses Leavenworth County, Jefferson County and northeast Douglas County, and finding out what issues are important to them. What she has found, she said, is that her concerns are shared by many.
"It's pretty clear," she said. "They worry about if they lose their job how they will pay for their mortgage or pay for their children's college education."
To that end, Justice has established three priorities which have become the major platform of her campaign. Quality, properly-funded public education, affordable health care and economic development are issues that Justice plans on working on. She said that public schools need to be funded more at the state level to relieve the burden on individual taxpayers at the local level. Moreover, quality health care needs to be made available to all persons, whether they are married or single, young or elderly or work at a big corporation or a small company.
"This is one thing I will work on when I get there," she said. "Surely we can get states together for a buy-in consortium and get our arms around this problem."
Finally, Justice would like to see more jobs created for Kansas citizens. She said pursuing small to mid-sized manufacturing companies, like Harley Davidson, to locate in the state and provide jobs and security.
Throughout her life, Justice has been involved in working for and running a variety of corporations including everything from a Fortune 500 company to a small not for profit organization. She the experiences skills she has gained in her professional career will benefit her and her constituents.
"It is critical that legislators understand business and how it works," she said.
Although Justice said she fully expects a moderate Republican, possibly from Douglas County, to file for the race before the June 10 deadline, she believes in the choices and chances that she will bring to residents of her district. Therefore, Justice, armed with a mailing list nearly 3,000 names long and a staff of 150 volunteers, plans to keep doing what has been working so far. She plans to keep meeting and listening to citizens right on through the November election day.
"All three counties are different in terms of what is good for them," she said. "There is a need for someone to represent them with a state plan that will pull together the needs of the three counties."