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OTTAWA - Today, Caleb Correll, Ottawa, will file for election in the Kansas House of Representatives in the newly created 59th House District.  The Federal District Court’s Thursday night decision on redistricting created the new district that contains Ottawa, Pomona, and Williamsburg in Franklin County and Lyndon, Vassar, and Michigan Valley in Osage County.

“The people of Franklin and Osage Counties have been handed an incredible opportunity from the Federal District Court.  It should be a chance to have a state representative that closely reflects the ideals our surrounding communities of interest, not an incumbent Johnson County representative to carpetbag into the district to further her own personal political ambitions.  This should be an opportunity for us to send a new representative, one from our own community, to take some local commonsense solutions to Topeka rather than engage in the Washington style politics that have created much acrimony and gridlock.  It will also allow a new representative the chance to fight for our priorities – restoring lost education funding, putting Kansans back to work, and creating a fair system of taxation to keep people in their homes and the American Dream alive.  I will be the only hometown candidate in this race who can fill this role.”

Correll was born in Ottawa in 1984 as the oldest son of Chris and Kim (Crable) Correll.  He is a sixth generation Franklin County native and also has ancestral roots in Osage County, dating back to the late 19th Century.  Correll was educated in Franklin County schools first at Central Heights Elementary and Junior High, then Ottawa High School (Class of 2003), and Neosho County Community College’s Ottawa Branch Campus.  Correll also attended the University of Kansas, where he studied History and Political Science.  Correll worked for four years in the Ottawa School District as a paraeducator.

Correll has been active in Democratic politics in both Franklin County and Kansas.  He has served as the Franklin County Democratic Party chair since 2008 and the Kansas Second Congressional Democratic Party vice chair since 2011.  Correll has previously worked on State Senator Tom Holland’s 2010 gubernatorial campaign, as well other campaigns at the local and state level.

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