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Briggs seeks election as 76th District state representative


Teresa Briggs

Teresa Briggs has filed for election to the 76th District of the Kansas House of Representatives. She believes the November election can start the process of putting the state on good footing by repairing the fundamentals of good government.

Briggs related her past run for the House: “In 2014 when I opposed Peggy Mast for the 76th District House of Representatives, the governor’s tax experiment was failing, his system that privatized Medicaid was callously behind in reimbursement payments to our rural hospitals, and our state’s schools and teachers were under attack. Flash forward two years and the situation has only gotten worse.” ‘

In news stories from state and national media sources Kansas is held up as an example of what not to do and Kansas policy makers’ actions are often the brunt of jokes on late night television. Despite this type of publicity, Brownback and his supporters in the legislature refuse to believe what has already been shown – that the trickle down economic theory does not work and that refusing to expand Medicaid denies affordable health care for our most vulnerable populations. Additionally, we recently received the Kansas Supreme Court decision on the laughable school funding plan hastily cobbled together, a decision that may determine whether our schools will even be allowed to open in the fall.

‘“The 76th District desperately needs a change!” Briggs said. “We need someone who will provide equal representation to everyone in the district. When funders and special interest groups are a higher priority with our representative than the voters whose lives are impacted, it’s time to use our voices and, most importantly, our votes! I have the experience and determination to bring common sense leadership to the 76th District. I need your vote in November to help create needed change in Topeka.”

In addition to having been a small business owner, Briggs is a former Lyon County commissioner and has a strong background in non-profit management and public health advocacy. Briggs, who lives in Osage County near Reading, is employed as community coordinator for Drug Free Osage County. She also serves as president of the Flint Hills Community Health Center Board of Trustees. In 2013, she was appointed to the Governor’s Behavioral Health Services Planning Council, representing substance abuse prevention.

Contact Briggs at [email protected].

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