Kansas Governor Kelly meets with diverse crowd

Submitted by JoLene Bloom

On Thursday, June 13, individuals from six months to 90 years of age congregated at the Nemaha County Community Building to welcome Governor Laura Kelly in an open forum with a diverse audience, hosted by the Nemaha County Democrats.

The Governor spoke of issues that were important to her as well as the results of the 2024 legislative session which is being extended this week in order for the Governor and Kansas Legislators to agree on taxation for the state residents, whether personal, income, sales, etc.

The audience represented Doniphan, Atchison, Brown, Jackson, Marshall and Nemaha counties. The questions of the evening ranged from the current atmosphere in the United States towards politics, child care, social workers, general and special education, LGBTQ rights, medical care, housing, environment, industry, farming, and whether the Kansas City Chiefs would be encouraged to leave Missouri and reside in Kansas.

While waiting for the Governor’s arrival, the participants enjoyed a selection of beverages, snacks and desserts. Each attendee received a commemorative Laura Kelly pen as well as an opportunity to win a king-sized blue and white quilt or a fuzzy cat blanket, depending on a drawing of tickets from those 19 and older, or 18 and younger.

Those who attended were asked to register to vote, learn of the candidates, and cast ballots on Aug. 6 and Nov. 5. The Nemaha County participants were asked to support the ballot issue that provides a shared tax for the Nemaha Valley Community Hospital and the Sabetha Community Hospital, since the county commissioners had re-considered their initial decision not to place the request on the ballot.

Kelly is the third woman to serve as Kansas’s Governor; Joan Finney and Kathleen Sebelius served beginning in 1991 and 2003, respectively. Kelly is a wife, mother, grandmother, former educator, and advocate for the State and its residents. She last visited Nemaha County in June of 2019 after her first sessions of the legislature as Governor. She had served in the Kansas Senate previously while representing Shawnee and Pottawatomie counties from 2005 to 2019.

Kelly was presented with a floral arrangement designed by Christa Swisher of Seneca, honey from Roger Gill of Wetmore and a computer mouse pad that stated, “Among all of the roses, be the Sunflower.”

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