Overland Park, KS: Democrat Brett Parker announced Tuesday he was running for the Kansas Legislature. Parker is challenging Republican incumbent James Todd for the 29th House district.

Parker who was born and raised in Johnson County said he wasmotivated to run for office after witnessing how the great work accomplished locally was being undone by current political leaders in Topeka.

“I’m not a professional politician,͟ Parker said, ͞but watching our businesses, our hospitals, our schools, and our citizens in Johnson County all struggle in the turbulent economic climate created by Gov. Brownback and Rep. Todd made me want to get more involved.”

Parker, an English language teacher at Countryside Elementary School and Pioneer Trail Middle School, pointed to education as a top priority when elected.

“I’ve seen firsthand the detrimental effects, the policies advanced by Gov. Brownback and Rep. Todd have had on the students in our district. It’s time families in Overland Park had an ally, not an enemy, in the Kansas Legislature,” Parker said.

Parker said if elected, he would serve as a moderate voice for the 29th House district and the citizens of Kansas.

“Voters deserve a representative who is respectful and responsive to their needs,” Parker said. ”I will work collaboratively in the Legislature to pass bills that grow our economy, create jobs, and expand the tax base. This in turn will allow us to invest in critical areas such as education and infrastructure development.”

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