The Sharp Record - January 26, 2009
Long time, no Sharp Record? Hopefully that will be changing soon!
As a subscriber to the Sharp Record when I served in the Kansas House of Representatives, I want to share with you my newest pursuit. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to run for a seat on the Johnson County Community College Board of Trustees. Although it is not a race with which most are familiar, the future quality of higher education in Johnson County quite literally relies on the outcome of this election. There are four open seats for this election on Tuesday, April 7th.
As many of you know, my time out of the House has been productive,
working full-time in public relations and having our first child, Anna,
in October. During the course of everyday life, I frequently am asked
if I miss Topeka. The answer is always the same – I don’t miss the
drive and some of the legislative wrangling, but I miss the
representing part, interacting with constituents and writing the
newsletter. Let’s just say my calling to public service was a bear that
did not hibernate well!
That being said, the JCCC Board is a way to serve our community – close to home and work – and use my passion for education to share the JCCC story. Most of you are well aware of the amazing resource we have in JCCC, and over the next four years, if I am elected, I intend to highlight the hidden gems, help enhance existing programs, and spur progress toward new and exciting opportunities.
Logistically, the race is non-partisan and county-wide, which means all of you who “adopted” me as your Representative will now see my name on the ballot! A county-wide race also means 20-times the expense of my previous campaigns. There are more than 500,000 Johnson Countians and my House seat only held 22,000 of them, so you can imagine the cost of upsizing my campaign. Thus, it is my goal to again use technology to reduce the cost of fundraising and message distribution. If you can help financially (www.stephaniesharp.com/donate), I would be very grateful, but I also need your hands – yard sign assembly and placement cannot be done without your help!
Finally, I will be reinstating the Sharp Record and by forwarding it to your friends who reside in Johnson County, you help spread the word about the election without me buying a stamp. I doubt there will be as much to make you giggle as my previous iteration of the Sharp Record – Topeka just provides so much fodder!
The best way to get a hold of me is to reply to this newsletter at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would appreciate your support on April 7th and look forward to serving you again!
Many thanks in advance,