Silver Haired Legislature needs Osage County candidates

OTTAWA – Candidates are needed to run for Silver Haired Legislature to represent Osage County, as current Osage County legislator Diana Berry has chosen not to re-file for the position.

The Kansas Silver Haired Legislature is a unicameral legislature composed of 125 representatives. All are older than 60 and are elected from their county of residence. Wyandotte, Johnson, Shawnee and Sedgwick counties each have five additional delegates. The legislature provides an opportunity to identify priority concerns of Kansas senior citizens, and develops bills and resolutions that are presented to the Kansas Legislature and the governor as recommendations for state policy.

The purpose of the Silver Haired Legislature is to provide education in the political process, inform the public and the Kansas Legislature in concerns of the elderly, and provide opportunity for more than 412,000 older adults to be involved in the process. A Silver Haired legislator’s responsibilities are to advocate for legislation affecting older adults, to testify at hearings, meet with older adults to discuss issues affecting them, and attend meetings and the Silver Haired Legislature’s annual session, in Topeka.

Any Kansan age 60 and older and a registered voter is eligible to file for candidacy. The term is two years and elections are conducted by the Area Agency on Aging, which has available all registration forms and petition for filing instructions. For more information or forms for candidacy, contact Leslea Rockers, East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging, at 800-633-5621. The candidate filing deadline is Feb. 12.

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