Don Shimkus files to challenge Abrams

Don Shimkus

For State Senate

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April 25, 2015   Don Shimkus, 620-440-6311

Don Shimkus files to challenge Abrams

for 32nd Senate District

TOPEKA – Don Shimkus, of Oxford, filed by petition Friday to run against Sen. Steve Abrams for the 32nd district, which includes Barber, Comanche, Harper, and Sumner Counties along with portions of Cowley, Kingman, and Sedgwick Counties.

“The state is currently facing an enormous budget deficit, compromising essential services for Kansans, and is in the midst of a school finance lawsuit for inadequately and inequitably funding our public schools,” said Shimkus. “We wouldn’t be in this mess if it weren’t for Gov. Brownback’s legislative allies like Sen. Abrams rubber stamping his reckless agenda.”

Shimkus is currently the president of the Oxford School Board as well as the president of the Kansas Association of School Boards. He is especially concerned with the direction the Kansas Legislature is taking Kansas public schools.

“Sen. Abrams has proposed legislation that would significantly increase local property taxes and subsidize private schools,” said Shimkus. “It also prohibits the use of state aid for extracurricular activities, such as sports, theater, debate, and music. It would be absolutely devastating for Kansas public schools.”

Shimkus said the state needs new leaders in the Kansas Legislature in order to move the state forward on a new path.

“We need commonsense leaders who understand that the success of Kansas depends upon the success of our children,” said Shimkus.

Shimkus and his wife, Keri, have lived in the 32nd district for the past 20 years. They have two sons, a freshman at Kansas State University and a sophomore at Oxford High School. Shimkus is the manager of a music store in Andover.

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