The Kansas Silver Haired Legislature, (KSHL) is a unicameral legislature consisting of 125 representatives from across Kansas. They come together annually in Topeka to discuss and propose legislation that impact Kansans of all ages. Measures that are passed by the KSHL are presented to the Governor and Kansas Legislature when they convene in January each year.
The KSHL will hold their annual elections across the state on Wednesda,y March 15.
Individuals who are interested in becoming a candidate must be 60 years of age or older; a resident in the county in which they are running; a registered voter of Kansas; and a willingness to participate in all activities required or expected of Kansas Silver Haired Legislators. Delegates are elected to serve a two year term and there are no term limits.
All 28 county seats in southwest Kansas are up for election this year and any current SHL member must reapply to continue to represent their respective county.
There are two methods to file for the SHL. Complete a candidate registration form that requires a $25 filing fee payable to the Kansas Silver Haired Legislature or complete a petition of nomination and get 50 individuals from the county the individual is wanting to represent.
The deadline to return the candidate registration form, and the filing fee or petition to the SWKAAA is 5 p.m. Friday Feb. 10.
If an individual is interested in becoming a candidate for their county and have questions concerning the KSHL program or would like to request the two filing forms, contact Dave Geist, SWKAAA Executive Director at 1-800-742-9531 or in Dodge City at (620) 225-8230.