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Kelly Kultala Announces Campaign To Represent Residents Of Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District

Kansas City, KS - Today Kelly Kultala announced her campaign to represent the residents of Kansas’ third congressional district and bring her values of bipartisan, problem solving leadership back to Washington.

“Washington these days reminds me of when my daughters were little and would fight over their toys – lots of finger pointing and name calling but nothing gets done,” said Kelly Kultala. “From helping businesses grow jobs, to improving public education, to cutting wasteful spending – the challenges we face are too important to let gridlock in Congress stand in the way of solutions. As a business owner and public servant, I’ve always worked to bring people together to get results – and it’s these Kansas values of bipartisan, problem solving leadership that I’ll bring to Washington.”

A fifth-generation Kansan, Kelly went back to college when her youngest daughter was just six months old, earning her college degree from the University of Kansas. As a working mom, Kelly helped pay the bills and provide health care for her family as her husband battled Type 1 diabetes, underwent a kidney & pancreas transplant and beat cancer.

Kelly’s time in public service has been defined by working with Republicans and Democrats to focus on fixing problems that matter to her community. Kelly has served on the Piper School Board, as a commissioner on the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas and as a State Senator for the 5th District, which included western Wyandotte and eastern Leavenworth Counties.

As a State Senator she served on the Ways & Means Committee and was the ranking Minority Member on the Transportation Committee and Utilities Committee. She was part of the leadership team that crafted the T-Works Comprehensive Transportation Plan, creating 175,000 jobs throughout the state and she was instrumental in working with local and state officials to bring the Sporting KC Soccer Stadium and Cerner office complex to Wyandotte County, creating over 5,000 jobs.

Kelly is married to husband, Dan, for 35 years, and the Kultalas have three grown daughters, three sons-in-law and three grandchildren.

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Kansas Business-owner calls on Kansas Legislature to act to protect death gratuity benefit for survivors of Armed Service Personnel

Arkansas City, Kan. – Keith Humphrey, President and CEO of Jet AirWerks, LLC, an Arkansas City, Kansas commercial jet engine component repair station, has called on the Kansas Legislature to take action to ensure the families of fallen service members who are killed during another shutdown of the federal government receive death gratuity payments.

Humphrey has officially requested legislation to authorize the Adjutant General of the Kansas National Guard to contract with the Department of Defense to make death gratuity payments to survivors of fallen military personnel on behalf of the Department of Defense should a future federal government shutdown cause death gratuity benefits to be suspended. The Department of Defense (“DoD”) provides the death gratuity as a cash gratuity for the immediate financial needs of eligible survivors during the period immediately following an armed service member’s death.

On November 6, 2009, Keith Humphrey lost his son-in-law, Michael Martins, a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps who had just concluded his second tour in Iraq, in a tragic motorcycle accident while stationed at MCAS Miramar in San Diego.

“Four years ago, when I lost my son-in-law, the death gratuity payment ensured that my daughter, Allison, could pay for Michael’s funeral service as well as the mausoleum in the veterans section of their hometown cemetery. Allison was also able to assist some of the Marines from Michael’s unit to attend the funeral. Our family was so grateful for the death gratuity and the Marine Corps during this stressful time. I can’t imagine what those families of our fallen service members went through during the government shutdown,” said Humphrey.

During the federal government shutdown that lasted from October 1 to 16, 2013, seven armed services personnel were killed and 26 families were affected by suspended death gratuity benefits. After eight days of government shutdown, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel struck a deal with the nonprofit Fisher House Foundation to provide the death gratuity benefit until the federal government re-opened.

Humphrey’s legislation is proposed as a zero-dollar fiscal note.

Humphrey served in the United States Navy from 1975 until his honorable discharge with the rank of Aviation Machinist Mate First-Class (E-6) in 1985. In 1979, Humphrey received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal, the second highest peacetime medal for valor awarded by the United States Navy.

WyCo Historical Museum Presents: A Night of Wyandotte County Hauntings

Because of the high demand for this special night, the WyCo Historical Museum has added an extra dose of haunting just for you.

Ever wonder what type of equipment paranormal investigators use? What different types of hauntings are there? What truly is behind that bump in the night?

Take a bus tour to all the haunted sites in Wyandotte County. They will meet at the Wyandotte County Historical Museum, 631 N. 126th Bonner Springs, KS at 6:45 p.m. Your host on the tour will be Trish Schurkamp, museum director, and Jennifer Tarwater, paranormal investigator.

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2013

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Cost: $20 per person

RSVP by Friday, October 17, 2013

Contact: Trish Schurkamp (913) 573-5002 for your reservation

New Municipal Court Judge Selected

The Unified Government Board of Commissioners has appointed Brandy Nichols as Municipal Court Judge. Nichols will fill the vacant seat created when Judge Aaron Roberts was selected to become a District Court Judge. Nichols has worked in the Unified Government Legal Department since 2003. She will serve the remainder of the term which expires October 2016.