Welcome to stephaniesharp.com
Dear Johnson County residents:
Welcome to my online office! My goal is to be a resource for you, your family, your neighbors, and your business. I am humbled by your support and sincerely appreciate the opportunity to run to represent you on the Johnson County Community College Board of Trustees. I promise to always work hard to earn your respect and your vote - this year on April 2, 2013. View the press release here.
You will notice I haven't made many changes to the site from my three terms in the Kansas House. I wanted to provide some continuity in design and resources, but also encourage you to look at my record of strong support for quality public education.
My goals in public service are two-fold.
- First, to be a "new generation of public servant" by using technology to give EVERY voter access to their elected officials and the political process. I work hard to dispel stereotypes by telling you how I vote and why, and if bills passed or failed, and why. Learn the ropes or just keep up-to-date without all the jargon for which politicians are famous (or rather infamous?).
- Second, to offer a helping hand, not a hand-out. Johnson County Community College has been a quality educational resource for the entire Kansas City metro area for decades. We must continue to provide a quality education that is affordable and accessible to continue to meet the changing needs of our economy and workforce demands. A community that has access to affordable higher education builds economically independent and civically active adults, prevents crime, increases the overall physical and mental health of our community, and attracts businesses that require an educated workforce that we are uniquely qualified to provide. Furthermore, it means providing companies incentives to locate in Johnson County and bring or expand jobs in this area, but also expecting those companies to personally invest in our communities with their time and resources.
When Margaret Thatcher spoke in Kansas City a couple of years ago, she commented on "political correctness". She said that what is political usually isn't correct, and what is correct is not political. Johnson County Community College is an amazing resource. I need your support to continue fighting for the correct policies for the future of the college - even if those are not the "politically correct" or politically popular decisions.
Thank you for your continuing support, prayers, and involvement in the democratic process.