Jean Kurtis Schodorf (D) — Secretary of State

Jean Schodorf (KSN Graphic)

Biographical Information: 

  • Speech Language Pathologist, Wichita Public Schools
  • Speech Language Pathologist, providing rehabilitation for senior citizens
  • President, Little House on the Prairie Museum, located on family farm
  • University of New Mexico, B.A. and M.S. in Communicative Disorders
  • Wichita State University, Ph.D. in Communicative Disorders
  • Wichita School Board, 12 years, three terms as President
  • Kansas Senate, District 25, 12 years.

Personal Information: 

Three children

Campaign Website: Jean Schodorf for Kansas

What issues do you think should be top priority for the Kansas Secretary of State?

The top priority of the Kansas Secretary of State should be to be a full time Secretary of State with no personal agenda and to serve the taxpayers of Kansas. The lack of leadership from our current Secretary of State is causing disorganization and poor customer service in the business division and abysmal implementation of the new voter registration requirements. I will work for the Kansas people 24/7, 365 days of the year to make sure the Secretary of State’s office is efficient and doing the 600 duties assigned for the people of Kansas.

Do you feel that the current voter ID law and proof of citizenship law is adequate? If not, how do you feel it should be changed?

I voted for the S.A.F.E. Act during my time in the Kansas Senate. I believe in safe and secure elections and I trusted Kris Kobach when he testified that the implementation of this law would be simple and seamless and no one would notice the change. However, due to Kobach’s lack of leadership, over 18,000 of our friends, family and neighbors are on a suspended voter list. Instead of taking the initiative to investigate these registration forms for fraud, Kobach is too busy traveling the country promoting his personal agenda. Kris Kobach has the authority to
investigate the forms of those on the suspended list and turn over any cases of voter fraud to the Attorney General to prosecute. However, instead of doing the job the Kansas taxpayers hired him to do, he is forcing individuals to prove their own innocence. That is un-American.

What specific state issue do you think deserves your immediate attention and how to you plan to address it?

The business division of the Secretary of State’s office is also in shambles due to Kris Kobach’s absence and lack of leadership. All businesses in Kansas must register with the Secretary of State’s office in order to do business in the state. Since Kobach is distracted by his personal agenda, our businesses are being ignored and are unable to get questions answered. Time is money to our business owners and wasting 30 minutes on hold just to get cut off is costing them money. When elected, I will make the office a one-stop shop for Kansas business so entrepreneurs and business owners have the resources they need to succeed and bring new jobs to Kansas.

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