Two local citizens were appointed to the state’s Complete Count Committee.

Jansen Penny, K-State student body president, and Wendi Stark, census outreach manager at the League of Kansas Municipalities, were among 28 people appointed to the committee by Gov. Laura Kelly in an executive order.

The committee is tasked with coordinating efforts to promote and advertise the 2020 Census, which starts April 1, in order to increase the state’s participating rate.

“It is a priority that my administration provides the Kansas Complete Count Committee the tools they need to ensure an accurate count,” Kelly said. “Every voice is important and every Kansan must be counted.

In addition to the amount of federal funding that is on the line, we need an accurate picture of our communities so that we can properly plan for the future.”

In the second round of appointments to the committee, the governor’s office looked to ensure the committee had demographic and geographic diversity. In April, Kelly named 20-plus members, mostly representatives of official state agencies, to the committee.