Former teacher seeks to become first transgender legislator


A former band and orchestra teacher at Wichita North High School is planning a historic bid for the Kansas House, seeking to become the state's first transgender lawmaker.

Stephanie Byers, who retired from teaching after 32 years last spring, is lining up to run for the House District 86 seat now held by Democratic state Rep. Jim Ward.

The seat will come open with Ward running for the state Senate next year. Byers, a Democrat, has already appointed a treasurer and has launched a campaign website.

She could become the

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