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MEET JEANNA 

"The Secretary of State is the Chief Election Officer. That is the person who makes sure you have access to the ballot, that you get a vote, and that your vote is counted. Following the January 6th hearings, I think we can say this office has never been more important. Our very democracy is at stake and, as your next Secretary of State, I will ensure that our elections remain fair and free."

Jeanna Orduna Repass was born to a civil-rights activist turned pastor and a Vietnam veteran turned police officer. who instilled in her a dedication to service and country, which she has taken on wholeheartedly throughout her life. Jeanna chose to put her roots down in Kansas almost 20 years ago, but before that she attended college at Midland University studying biology and pre-med.

After college, Jeanna spent many years in broadcast-media management with radio stations across multiple genres, from talk radio to hip hop, classic rock to R&B. She cultivated community relationships and managed multi-million-dollar corporate accounts both locally and nationally. During her time in the industry, Jeanna was instrumental in growing listenership and increasing representation for underrepresented communities across the airwaves.

Following in her mother's footsteps, Jeanna later worked in outreach and missions in both the Omaha and Kansas City areas, including as the Director of Urban Outreach at the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, one of the largest congregations in the country. Jeanna created and led programs such as a USDA-funded food program that fed schoolchildren during the summer, a pregnancy-prevention program for teen mothers, and a violence-prevention program for Kansas City youth. She also distributed grants to local nonprofit organizations.

 

Four years ago, Jeanna stepped back from paid employment to dedicate herself full time to service to the community. She poured herself into her children's high school, chairing multiple booster clubs, including the all-school parent booster organization, a unique structure that replaced the traditional PTO. In that role, Jeanna successfully raised funds through corporate outreach, led the organization through a structural transition, and earned a reputation for getting things done.

Jeanna’s next chapter in life is, in part, dedicated to her mother who fought tirelessly to make this country better for all who dare to live the American dream. Her mother would say to Jeanna and her siblings, “If not now, then when? And if not you, then who?” Those words would become the driving force for Jeanna to run for Kansas Secretary of State at a time when this country so desperately needs to hold the line for democracy.

Jeanna lives in Overland Park with her husband, Kyle. She is the proud mother of Adam, Ariel, and Christian, all of whom are as equally proud of their mom and her courage to run.

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THE REPASS FAMILY

In 2014, PBS featured Jeanna's family in a four-part series on race in America.