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Democratic Kansas Lawmakers To Speak At DemoFest In Wichita


Kansas lawmakers will take part in a candidate roundtable during DemoFest 2016 on Friday.

Democratic Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau will spearhead the roundtable discussion along with state Reps. Jim Ward and Brandon Whipple, who won their recent primary elections unopposed.

Faust-Goudeau says they will offer helpful tips to candidates who will be on the November ballot. She says one tip for candidates is to meet with voters and hear their concerns.

"That face-to-face contact is certainly effective," she says. "I will be letting them know to just run your race, don’t get into the negative, just to stay focused on your goal and your purpose of moving our state forward."

Faust-Goudeau says Democratic Kansas lawmakers are looking to better fund public education, increase real job creation and perhaps get Medicaid expansion accomplished in the 2017 legislative session.

The rountable begins Friday night at 7 p.m. as part of DemoFest at the Drury Plaza Broadview Hotel in downtown Wichita.


Carla Eckels is assistant news director and the host of Soulsations. Follow her on Twitter @Eckels.

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Carla Eckels is Director of Organizational Culture at KMUW. She produces and hosts the R&B and gospel show Soulsations and brings stories of race and culture to The Range with the monthly segment In the Mix. Carla was inducted into The Kansas African American Museum's Trailblazers Hall of Fame in 2020 for her work in broadcast/journalism.