Anita Judd-Jenkins represents District 80 in the Kansas House. She recently filed for re-election.
 District 80 includes Arkansas City, Geuda Springs and Parkerfield in Cowley County and several cities, including Caldwell and South Haven, and part of Wellington, in Sumner County.
Judd-Jenkins is in her first term in the Legislature after defeating incumbent Republican Kasha Kelley in the August 2016 primary and Democrat Michelle Schiltz of Caldwell in the November 2016 general election.
Represenative Judd-Jenkins was kind enough to answer our questions regarding her congressional record and her decision to seek re-election.  
1) What were the factors in your deciding to choose re-election?
I chose to run for re-election to continue the positive momentum created by the state legislature during my term in 2017, and the efficiency efforts in progress for this year and beyond.  Being a good steward of our tax dollars remains my top priority. The new approach to our state budget is the first attempt in 8 years to address headlines you read daily - prison riots, missing children, mental health hospital decertification, rural hospital challenges, lack of regional services, just to name a few.  The strategy of just spending less in the name of "reducing government" has led to mismanaged state budgets, amplifying our problems and raising our costs. True reform requires us to operate more efficiently and effectively which means identifying problems and fixing them at their source.
2) What are your greatest accomplishments over the past few years?  Any regrets?  
I serve on 3 committees: Children & Seniors, Social Services Budget, and General Government Budget. My human services committees meet with state agencies that manage Department of Children & Seniors, Department of Disabilities, and the Department of Health & Environment, stakeholder providers including profit or non-profit organizations, program beneficiaries, and private sector reviewing programs, as well as state researchers and revisers.  The recent positive changes to management, the reviews of the Task Force created with the 2017 legislature, and the direction of restructuring for internal inefficiencies, clarification of duties, and addressing service gaps, is newly underway.  Committees steer for proficiency of programs to fulfill the health of Kansas citizens, guided by the statutory requirements, and the vetting of our tax payer dollars. My General Government Budget Committee reviews departments in charge of running the state: the offices of Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Judicial department, plus many more.
 3) What do you still hope to accomplish the next few years if you get to continue on?
We can reduce costs to taxpayers in the long run by making key decisions. My voting record reflects the input of District 80 constituents. I will continue in my communication with the experts in our district, constituent surveys, emails, etc., and vote according to majority.  I look forward to representing our District with the openness necessary to hear, and respond to our District needs. I've worked hard to listen to all views of our diverse District to best determine our collective voice. I strive for my tent of representation to be large and encompassing, fair, and reflective.    
4)  What are the most important issues you feel that are facing the citizens of your district?  
Last election results show our district, and the majority of Kansans, wanted our fiscal house in order.  State finance have only two simple points: our budget must balance, and the most effective form of governance is that which is closest to the people. Strong rural representation remains vital, as urban centers share of votes increases. We must allow problem solving to rise from local perspective to determine the appropriations of our state's budget to the services our constituents' values.
5) As of this writing, Governor Brownback is headed to Washington to take on a new job for the Trump Administration.  What are your thoughts on his tenure?  Hopes for the new governor?
I wish God's speed for Governor Brownback's new endeavor. I look forward to having a governor who wants to work with the legislature for common sense solutions.