Topeka, KS: Shawnee County Democrats met on Saturday and elected Rev. Ben Scott to the Kansas House of Representatives. Scott was unanimously elected by six precinct committeemen and women in the 58th House District to replace Rep. Harold Lane who retired on October 31st.
Scott is retired from Goodyear, where he worked for 21 years. He is the pastor at the Eastside Church of God in Christ in Topeka, a position he has held since 1978. “I’ve lived in this community for more than 35 years, so I’m familiar with a lot of the situations facing those living in the district.” Scott said.
Scott served 11 years on the USD 501 School Board in Topeka and cites education funding as a top priority. “I’m a big proponent of education,” he said. Having served on the school board, Scott is familiar with the unique aspects of school finance: “I hope we can work together in the Legislature to provide suitable funding for education for all kids.”
A longtime civil rights activist, president of the Topeka Chapter of the NAACP, and second vice-chair of the Kansas NAACP, Scott feels passionately about voting rights. “Growing up in the South I saw first-hand the disenfranchisement of voters,” Scott said. “People died for the right to vote, and here we are still fighting to maintain that right here in Kansas decades later.”
House Democratic Leader Tom Burroughs welcomed Scott, praising his experience. “Rev. Scott has a wealth of life experience and he will contribute a great deal to the Democratic Caucus. I have no doubt that he will work diligently to serve the people of the 58th district and the state of Kansas.”
Scott looks forward to talking with his new constituents. “I will work diligently with people in the 58th district to find out what their needs are,” Scott said. “Whatever I can do to improve the district, I want to do it.”
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