Kansas voters would do well to elect a state treasurer who practices what she preaches, one whose example is a good one for all of us to follow. If that's what you're looking for in an elected official, then look no further than Marci Francisco, the Democratic candidate for State Treasurer. I first met Marci […]

Kansas voters would do well to elect a state treasurer who practices what she preaches, one whose example is a good one for all of us to follow.
If that's what you're looking for in an elected official, then look no further than Marci Francisco, the Democratic candidate for State Treasurer.
I first met Marci at this past summer's Biking Across Kansas (BAK) event. Along with 600+ other primarily Kansans she made her journey across the beautiful Sunflower State. What I learned about Marci during the week long event is that she follows a maxim very familiar to Kansans (and their descendants) who survived the Depression era. That is, waste not, want not.
Rather than use the paper/Styrofoam and plastic utensils supplied at various food and water stops along the way, which will almost certainly end up in a landfill somewhere in the state, Marci brought along her own plate and utensils on BAK. One of her friends also told me that she is an avid recycler and will never pass by without picking up recyclable material she encounters while out walking.
Kansans needs someone who not only cares about our state and its economic health but also strives to leave a healthy environment for our children.
Marci Francisco is well-qualified to serve as treasurer. She has dealt with budget issues while serving on the Lawrence City Council, as Mayor of Lawrence, and, currently, as a State Senator representing Douglas and Jefferson counties.
On her website, Marci makes three pledges to Kansans, which she will follow as state treasurer: 1) To serve with integrity; 2) To work with financial institutions to ensure every dollar is wisely invested and protected; 3) To work to provide quality service and information about state funds (see https://marci4kstreasurer.com/ for more information).
I have no doubt that she will do her utmost to fulfill these promises to the people of Kansas, if elected treasurer.
In her 14 years in the Kansas Senate, Marci has never missed a day of the legislative session or a vote. She will no doubt take this same work ethic into the treasurer's office.
At the bottom of her campaign sign, in small print, you will read: 'Marci reuses. After the November 6, 2018 election, please turn this sign inside-out and reuse it any way you like.'
I don't know about you, but I intend to write, 'Thanks, Kansas, for electing Marci (and hopefully a few other good candidates),' on the other side of this sign for display on November 7.