Adrienne Olejnik - Kansas State Rep for District 51

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Raised in Kansas, Adrienne Olejnik understands the values important to working Kansas families. Adrienne grew up in Topeka and attended Washburn University where she earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Finance and Management.

Adrienne now lives in Rossville where she serves on the Rossville City Council and works as the Director of the Rossville Community Library. During her five-year tenure at the Rossville Library, circulation doubled and the library became a vibrant community center providing essential services for the Rossville area.

Outside of work, Adrienne is equally committed to her community by serving on the Rossville Community Foundation Board, the Shawnee County Extension Program Development Committee, and as a member of Raise Kansas, a coalition of women dedicated to reducing the number of hungry kids in Shawnee County.

Adrienne also serves as member of the board of Kansas Action for Children, a non-profit, non-partisan organization committed to improving the lives of Kansas children and families by providing comprehensive data, advocating for sound public policy and collaborating with lawmakers.

A natural leader who cares deeply about improving her community, Adrienne was selected for the Leadership of Greater Topeka Class of 2015 and participated in the Kansas Leadership Center Lead for Change program. She is ready to tackle the tough challenges facing Kansas and work to create a stronger state.

A volunteer for the IRS’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, Adrienne enjoys helping individuals and families with free tax return preparation, although in the past few years Adrienne has seen firsthand the negative effects of Brownback’s failed tax plan on local families.

Adrienne and her husband, Neil, live in Rossville with their two daughters, Grace, who is in 1st grade, and Reese, who is three. Neil works as an electrician out of IBEW 226 for DL Smith Electrical, a full service electrical service and construction company.

Adrienne is running for the Kansas Legislature because she wants Kansas to be a place where her two daughters will have opportunities to excel and lead fulfilled lives. She believes we need to look forward to the future of Kansas and change the direction of current policies that negatively affect public education, health, and infrastructure so that opportunity can be had by all.

Visit her website:  http://www.adrienneforkansas.com/

 

 Adrienne's Press Release Announcing Her Candidacy: Thursday, October 29, 2015 

For Immediate Release:  For More Information call Adrienne Olejnik, (785) 640-8787

Olejnik Announces Campaign for Kansas Legislature Democrat to challenge Republican Ron Highland in 51st House district

Topeka, KS: Adrienne Olejnik of Rossville announced on Thursday that she is running for the Kansas House of Representatives. Olejnik, a Democrat, will challenge incumbent Republican Ron Highland in the 51st district.

Olejnik, who is the director of the Rossville Community Library and a member of the Rossville City Council, cited a desire to create opportunity for all as her reason for running for the Kansas Legislature.

“I am running for office because I can’t sit quietly any longer as Gov. Brownback and Rep. Highland pass damaging policies that put the future of our entire state at risk,” Olejnik said. “I want my children to be proud to be Kansans and to kn

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ow what that means: to be hardworking, respectful, and committed to their fellow citizens.”

Olejnik cited education as an example. “A strong public 
education system provides opportunities for everyone to reach their potential. In addition to investing financial resources in our children’s futures, we need to be willing to give teachers, administrators, and school boards the support they need to ensure success.”

In addition to education, Olejnik, who has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Finance and Management, supports sound fiscal policies that grow the economy, create quality jobs, sustain core services, and promote Kansas values.

“Gov. Brownback and Rep. Highland have created a downright dangerous economic situation,” Olejnik said. “They have misappropriated funds intended for our children and our highways and used them to cover revenue shortfalls that resulted from their failed tax experiment.”

“In addition to eliminating taxes for more than 330,000 businesses in Kansas, Brownback and Highland passed the largest tax increase in Kansas history, disproportionately affecting middle class families.” 

Olejnik has strong ties to her community and a history of involvement and leadership. She serves on the Rossville Community Foundation board and is a member of the Kansas Action for Children Board of Directors. She is a member of the Leadership of Greater Topeka Class of 2015 and participated in the Kansas Leadership Center Lead for Change program. 

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