Small businesses are the backbone of our economy

Along with a successful career as a Naval Officer, Shawnee Mission teacher, 3 term President of NEA- Shawnee Mission and President of the trade association for the high tech industries in Kansas and Missouri, I have started and owned three successful small businesses, two of which continue to this day.  

For over 30 years I have had a real estate investment business. I own ten fully paid for rental properties which I have personally rehabbed and manage. They have provided me and my family with a very good living for over three decades. 

I also started a very successful company in the mid-nineties called RateFax, Inc. RateFax was a fax based mortgage information system utilized by most of the major banks and mortgage companies in Kansas City (including Capitol Federal S&L, Chase Manhattan Mortgage, Valley View Bank and Mercantile Bank) before that service was available on the Internet. RateFax was also utilized by the Kansas City Star in disseminating timely mortgage rate information to home buyers and real estate companies.  That company was in business for five years and provided me with a portion of the financial independence I have today.  

My third company is www.JStogsdillphotography.com. It is a fine arts photography business. I sell my work through galleries and online. My work is held in private collections around the country and has been purchased by local companies such as Bartlett Grain, Lawmark Capital, Inc and the Marcus and Bartles Law Firm on the Plaza.

I am the only candidate that knows from experience what it takes to start and grow a small business. I will use my proven business expertise, experience and leadership skills to help craft legislation which will actually encourage small business development and growth. The Brownback administration and his loyalists in the legislature have created an economic disaster in Kansas. It is time to put people in the legislature who know what it takes to build our economy, attract business and create good paying jobs.

To see more about my business background, and my experience in other areas, please click the "Meet Jerry" button on the menu above. If you'd like to help us win this election and get to Topeka, please make a contribution below. 

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 Thank you for standing with me,

Jerry Stogsdill