Kansas Democratic statehouse candidates on the issues: K-12 funding and balancing the budget

Johnson County Government this afternoon issued an emergency declaration that will have schools closed through April 3 — though Shawnee Mission says it's preparing for the possibility of closures beyond that date.

Last month, we asked our readers what issues they wanted to hear the candidates running for office address ahead of this summer’s primary elections. Based on the input we received, we developed a five-item questionnaire for Democratic candidates running for seats in the Kansas House.

We’ll be publishing the candidates’ responses to one item per day each day this week. Today we’re publishing the candidates’ responses to item one: