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Candidate Meet & Greet

In the pages of Kansas Country Living you have seen Sumner-Cowley promote the nationwide initiative called Co-ops Vote, a campaign focusing on increasing civic engagement and making sure the voices of rural Americans are heard.

On July 7th, as a part of the Co-ops Vote campaign, Sumner-Cowley joined Kansas Electric Cooperatives (KEC) to host a Candidate Meet & Greet to discuss the issues most important to electric cooperatives and the communities they serve.

Sumner-Cowley Board of Directors, employees and members, along with KEC’s Director of Government Relations, Kim Christiansen, and Manager of Government Relations, Alex Orel, welcomed the following candidates to the cooperative:


Kansas Senate District 32

Mr. Larry Alley

Mr. Don Shimkus


Kansas House District 79

Rep. Ed Trimmer


Kansas House District 80

Rep. Kasha Kelley

Mrs. Michelle Schiltz


Kansas House District 82

Rep. Pete DeGraaf


Kansas House District 116

Rep. Kyle Hoffman

Mrs. Jolene Roitman


During the Meet & Greet, each candidate took the podium to explain their stance on the important issues that affect the lives of rural Americans. Candidates then were able to discuss the issues with audience members, giving the Sumner-Cowley Board of Directors, members and employees the opportunity to ask questions and voice their own concerns.

“Rural Kansas concerns become legislative priorities only when enough people show elected officials that they are paying attention,” said Christiansen. “Voting is the most effective way to send this message.”

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