WICHITA - State Representative Jim Ward (D-Wichita) announced today he will seek election to the Kansas House from the new 86th District. In his announcement Rep. Ward promised to continue his fight for quality public schools, fair tax policy and safe neighborhoods.
"I have fought for good schools, property tax cuts, safe neighborhoods and protections for our most vulnerable neighbors. Leadership matters. The people of the new 86th need the strongest voice possible against the harmful Brownback agenda. Sam Brownback has slashed public schools, cut taxes for the wealthy and supported huge budget deficits far into the future, these are the wrong values. We need strong leadership, for a new district”.
Rep. Ward has lived in Wichita for almost 40 years, and dedicated his life to public service. He served as an Assistant District Attorney for Sedgwick County, where he participated on the first case to use DNA evidence to convict a murderer. He volunteered as a reading teacher for Literacy Volunteers to assist adults who are unable to read. He was selected by his neighbors to serve as a Member of Wichita Citizen Participation board to advise city leaders on neighborhood issues. Jim also served as a volunteer on the Wichita School Board.
During his time in the Kansas House Rep. Ward has held many leadership positions, including serving as assistant minority leader, the highest ranking Democrat on House Education Committee, and the highest ranking Democrat on the Corrections and Juvenile Justice. Rep. Ward was elected by members of both parties to serve as the South Central Delegation chair in 2011.
Rep. Ward is considered a leading authority on Kansas school finance and education policy. He is a critical voice in protecting our most vulnerable Kansans and was award the 2012 Arc Community Connection Award for his efforts on behalf of disabled Kansans.
The new 86th District includes south-central and southeast Wichita. Ward is married to Karen Ward and together they have 5 children and 2 grandchildren. Rep. Ward is an attorney. For further information see Jim Ward for Kansas.org or call (316) 210-3609.