Adrienne Vallejo Foster's Statement on Governor Kelly's Executive Order 20-18


ROELAND PARK, KS (April 8, 2020) – Adrienne Vallejo Foster, Republican candidate for Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District, has released the following statement in regards to Governor Laura Kelly's Executive Order 20-18, which prohibits mass gatherings of more than 10 people.

"Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has issued an executive order that violates our fundamental rights guaranteed by both the United States Constitution and the Constitution of Kansas.

"With this coming Sunday being Easter, the most sacred holiday in the Christian religion. As a devout Catholic and a proud American, I have prayed for guidance on this issue. 

"Two key factors have brought me to my decision today: 1.) Jesus died for our sins, He was betrayed by Judas, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, descended into hell and on the third day He rose from the dead - He lived fearlessly and died fearlessly for us. 2.) Our Founding Fathers fought for our freedom - not for us to sit idly and allow essential liberty to be taken in order for us to gain temporary safety. 

"That is why I cannot sit idle and allow Governor Kelly to take our liberty for temporary safety. 

"Today, I am calling on Governor Kelly to rescind her Executive Order, the county Sheriffs to ignore this overreaching executive order, and the churches to hold service this Sunday - while maintaining safe standards of social distancing and making accommodations as they see fit."

Adrienne Vallejo Foster, a second-generation Hispanic from the 3rd district, recently served as the Region 7 Advocate for the Office of Advocacy at the U.S. Small Business Administration. In this role, she worked with small business owners in the 3rd district and the broader Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska region. She worked alongside state and local government agencies, state legislators, and trade associations, to be the voice of small business and to help small businesses overcome burdensome regulations and other roadblocks.

Foster previously served as the Mayor of Roeland Park, KS. She was also the Executive Director of Kansas Hispanic and Latino American Affairs Commission with the Office of the Governor. Foster earned her undergraduate degree from Washburn University, where she studied Public Administration and earned her Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Foster and her husband Stephen have five children.