Hi there! My name's Jaelynn, and I'm honored to be your Democratic candidate for State Representative in Kansas' bustling 105th District - the gateway to northwest Wichita. By trade, I'm self-employed in the audio production industry, principally working with eLearning voiceovers.
My adult life has been all about helping others and making the world around me better than I found it. From radio, to the home security industry, to advocating for LGBTQ+ equality and rights, the heart and soul of my work is to look beyond my own interests and make positive change.
- A lifelong Kansan
- A working class citizen
- A musician
- A listener
- A helper
- A pragmatic collaborator
- A transgender woman
- A citizen of the Cherokee Nation
- An eternally hopeful dreamer
- Dedicated to service
Who I am:
YOUR VOICE MATTERS!
I've entered the race for State Representative because I perceive a disheartening unwillingness by many of our current legislators to listen to the voices of their constituents; to encourage discourse and citizen involvement in government; or to consider opinions outside the party line, let alone buck against the party line when it's in the best interests of the people.
Listening. This simple but key part of a State Representative's job, has gone unfulfilled in the 105th District for too long. As a representative, I will make it my duty to create positive change with a spirit of collaboration and inclusion. With your help, I will fight to bring a government that's truly of, by, and for the people back into vogue.
ISSUES AND PRIORITES
Nearly 150,000 Kansans live in the "coverage gap." For these folks, private insurance isn't affordable, yet they don't qualify for KanCare (Medicaid) coverage.
That's not a fair shake for Kansans. It's time we start using federal funds - which we already pay into - to expand Medicaid access.
STRONG PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Kansas GOP lawmakers have REFUSED to fully fund public education. In particular, special education budgets are funded at less than 3/4 of what our schools need. Republicans would rather try to funnel that money off into religious private schools. It's unconstitutional, and it's an attack on our students.
LEGAL MEDICAL CANNABIS
Marijuana has been shown to effectively ease symptoms of numerous physical and mental ailments. Plus, legalized and regulated cannabis has proven to be an economic boon to our neighbors. But Kansas is one of only four states where medical marijuana is still illegal. It's long past time to legalize it in the Sunflower State.
LET TEACHERS TEACH
Kansas schools are short 1,400 teachers as of the start of the 2022-23 school year. Burnout, low pay, and a deteriorating work environment is driving them away from the classroom. We need to fight for the teachers we have, and make schools a suitable place to work. Our children's futures are absolutely worth it.
On August 2, the people of Kansas made it clear that pregnancy-capable Kansans have the human right to choose their reproductive outcomes. But the GOP has stubbornly recommitted to strip this right away if they can. I will stand against their continued attacks and back legislation that affirms women's rights.
END CULTURE WAR POLITICS
The past two years have seen repeated attacks on transgender rights as well as women's rights. Republicans pretend it's "protecting children," but it's crystal clear that cruelty and erasure are their true goals. It's time to get the government out of people's private lives and get back to work solving actual problems.
DONATE FOR CHANGE
Your contribution is so important! Regardless of the amount, it all helps. It helps get the word out that voters in the 105th District have a choice, it helps us reach folks who want to be heard, and ultimately, it will help us bring change to the State House. Our victory in this race will make a difference - for the citizens of the 105th District, but also across Kansas.
Click the button below to make a contribution, with my deepest thanks.