Archive for Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Tonganoxie a polling site for senior legislature

February 23, 2005

Leavenworth County seniors will be able participate in their own election next month and send a representative to Topeka to lobby state lawmakers.

Two Leavenworth County residents, Michael F. Keohane and Josephine L. Spangler, are seeking the one open county spot for the Silver-Haired Legislature delegation.

The election will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 16 at the Florence Riford Senior Center, 530 Bury, Tonganoxie, and at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2101 10th Ave., Leavenworth.

The legislature is a unicameral body of 125 seniors that is elected by seniors and travels to Topeka and advocates on behalf of the state's seniors. Silver-haired legislators advance legislation on behalf of seniors, testify at hearings regarding those issues, meet with seniors in their county and attend monthly delegation meetings.

Keohane and Spangler earned a spot on the ballot by collecting 50 signatures and filing a petition with the Wyandotte/Leavenworth Area Agency on Aging prior to the Feb. 9 filing deadline. The nomination process was open to all registered voters in the county older than 60.

All seniors interested in voting in the election may show up March 16 at either of the two polling locations to cast a ballot.

Kansas is one of 24 states that elects a Silver-Haired Legislature. The program is sponsored by the counties' agency on aging and is funded by donations and made possible through volunteer help.

For more information about voting or the program, contact Janice William at the Wyandotte/Leavenworth Area Agency on Aging at (913) 573-8544.

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