Jun 10, 2024

School Board Member, Teacher Announces Campaign for Senate District 17

Posted Jun 10, 2024 6:21 PM
Lillian Lingenfelter
Lillian Lingenfelter

News release

Emporia, KS - Lillian Lingenfelter announced her campaign for State Senate in Senate District 17, representing Lyon County, Morris County, and Geary County. Senate District 17 is an open seat, following the retirement of Senator Jeff Longbine. Lingenfelter released the following statement: 

“As a public school teacher, I have chosen to dedicate my life to the service of public education and serving students and their families. I believe it is imperative for educators to have a seat at the table and be involved in the decision making processes needed to strengthen our schools and provide more support to students, parents and teachers.

“I am running for State Senate to give every Kansan the opportunity to send their children to the best public schools possible while ensuring that all of our residents have better quality lives. This means affordable, quality childcare, access to first-rate healthcare in rural Kansas, which includes freedom for women’s reproductive health care, and common sense gun safety reform.”

Lillian Lingenfelter is a high school social studies teacher, school board member, and native Kansan. She is active in her community by volunteering for Big Brothers Big Sisters and AmeriCorps VISTA. She lives in Emporia, Kansas, with her husband. 

Lingenfelter added, “Our rural towns are slowly dying because of decisions being made in Topeka. My family has made Emporia our home. I want to give the residents of Senate District 17 a new voice in the Kansas Senate and bring opportunity back to rural communities.”

Other candidates for the 17th District seat in the Kansas Senate include Mike Argabright of Olpe and David Schneider of Milford.