Geraldine FlahartyWICHITA – District 98 State Rep. Geraldine Flaharty, D-Wichita, filed for re-election Wednesday afternoon at the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office.

Flaharty has served the 98th House District since 1995. She represents portions of Wichita and Oaklawn-Sunview.

“I filed for re-election because I believe I can still be of service to the people of my district,” said Flaharty. “I have serious concerns about the future support of public education, senior and developmentally disabled services, quality of life and infrastructure. Maintaining these areas are crucial to our economic recovery.”

House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, extended his praise to Falaharty for her decision to file for re-election.

“Rep. Flaharty has been a tireless advocate for the people of Wichita,” said Davis. “She has been a champion for job creation, good public schools and fair taxation. The people of Kansas would do well to again return her to Topeka.”

Throughout her 16 years in the Kansas House, Flaharty has been actively involved in issues relating to health care.  She serves as the Ranking Democratic Member of the House Health and Human Services Committee. She also serves on the House Committees on Aging and Long Term Care, and Pensions and Benefits.

Prior to her election to the Kansas Legislature, Geraldine worked 33 years as a public elementary school teacher in Derby, one year in Wichita and one in Labette County .  She was a member of the Sedgwick County Developmentally Disabled Advisory Board and has also held numerous leadership positions in Derby-National Education Association.  Geraldine raised three children and has seven grandchildren.

As of Aug. 24, 2011 Flaharty is uncontested in her re-election bid for the 98th district.

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