An Ozawkie Democrat has filed for the 47th District seat in the Kansas House of Representatives.
Kaye Messer, 37, graduated with honors from the Kansas University School of Law in 1989. She worked for two years as a research attorney for Mary Beck Briscoe, the chief judge of the Kansas Court of Appeals, and later worked in the appellate defender's office. She took time off work in February, when her son, Peter, was born. She and her husband, Stuart, also have a daughter, Kim.
Messer said creating an affordable health care system is her top priority.
"The crisis of health care is one of the biggest challenges facing the state and the entire nation," she said. "It is time the state legislature takes the initiative and develop an affordable and accessible health care system. I am up to the challenge and will bring a new perspective to the problem."
Other issues of concern include property tax relief, reclassification and school finance.
Having worked on the judicial side of the law, Messer said she's interested in helping write better laws. "I feel I'm more than qualified to do the job," she said.
The 47th District, now represented by Joann Flower, R-Oskaloosa, encompasses Jefferson County and eastern Douglas County, including Eudora.