Cindy Holscher, a public education advocate, announced her campaign for the Kansas Legislature on Friday morning. Holscher will challenge Republican Amanda Grosserode in the 16th House District.

“Like many people who live in the area, my husband and I moved to Johnson County because it offered high quality jobs, a growing economy, and some of the best public schools in the nation,” Holscher said. “Under Gov. Brownback and Rep. Grosserode, all three measures that attracted us here declined.”

In her announcement speech, Holscher criticized Grosserode for cutting public education funding.

“As the mother of three children in the Olathe School District, I witnessed firsthand how the harsh cuts to education pushed by Rep. Grosserode have made it challenging for our teachers to deliver the best education possible to our children. Under the new block grant bill carried by Rep. Grosserode in 2015, schools across Kansas lost millions of dollars in funding. The cuts to education came as the state of Kansas struggled to balance the budget after Brownback and Grosserode eliminated taxes on certain businesses in the state and raised taxes on middle class families.

“The future of Kansas depends upon restoring the tax base so everyone pays their fair share and raising additional revenue by bringing new businesses to the state,” Holscher said. “This in turn will allow us to adequately fund our public schools, state programs and services, and critical infrastructure making Kansas, once again, a state where people want to move to raise
their families.”

At the campaign kickoff event Friday morning, Holscher was introduced by Sheryl Spalding a former Republican member of the Kansas House.

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