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Charles Jenney

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Charles Jenney
Former candidate for
Kansas House of Representatives, District 87
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolWichita Southeast High School
Bachelor'sBaker University, 1988
Bethany College, 1998
Date of birth1965
Place of birthBoston, Massachusetts
ProfessionEnvironmental specialist
Project manager
Campaign website
Charles Jenney (b. 1965) was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 87 of the Kansas House of Representatives.[1]


Jenney graduated from Wichita Southeast High School. He earned his B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Baker University in 1988, later earning his B.A. in Biology Teaching summa cum laude from Bethany College in 1998. Jenney has also done graduate studies at Friends University, Wichita State University and the State University of New York. His professional experience includes working as an environmental specialist, project manager, area Chamber of Commerce director and science teacher. Jenney, who also runs a family farm, has served as the Carneiro Township Clerk.[2]


Campaign themes


In an biographical submission to Ballotpedia, Jenney highlighted the following campaign themes:

The Kansas Constitution mandates that the legislature provide adequate funding for public education, and they have refused to do so.

The legislature redefined teacher so that I am no longer a teacher. They did so to eliminate due process in termination of teachers, following the lead of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce that declared that they want to destroy public sector unions.

The mismanagement of Kansas finances has resulted in the downgrading of our credit. This will result in deeper cuts in social services and education.

The legislature cut taxes for the wealthiest Kansans and, prompted by Brownback, increased the tax burden on working poor and middle class families by keeping the sales tax rate high.

Millions of Kansas dollars are going to the federal government for Medicaid expansion, but our governor and legislature are refusing to expand Medicaid simply for political gamesmanship. The thousands of uninsured Kansans need to be answered to.

The refusal of services bill, passed by the House, but thankfully killed in the Senate, is indicative of the unbalanced and extreme nature of our current representation.

The solution to gun violence is not to overrule local government control of firearms, putting more concealed and openly-carried guns on our streets.[2][3]



See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Kansas House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 2, 2014. Charles Jenney was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Mark Kahrs was unopposed in the Republican primary. Kahrs defeated Jenney in the general election.[4][5]

Kansas House of Representatives District 87, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Kahrs Incumbent 60.9% 4,954
     Democratic Charles Jenney 39.1% 3,180
Total Votes 8,134


Jenney and his wife, Melanie, have two daughters.[2]

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