The Republican primary on August 2nd has come and gone. In its wake, a wave of new Republicans in the House and Senate, stretching from Johnson County to Arkansas City, and from Salina and Hutchinson to Garden City. Overall, 8 Senate and 16 House candidates prevailed thanks to their message of accountability and conservative reforms. Make no mistake, the newly nominated, including myself, remain true fiscal conservatives. Many of the policies championed by our predecessors were not conservative. Twisting data to pad classroom funding and job numbers for instance. This is not conservative. Neither is concentrating more power in Topeka at the expense of local leaders. Myself and others will be good stewards of your tax dollars and will remain true to the Kansans who nominated us to continue to the general election. We simply believe in a more balanced tax code, one that ensures that we invest in our quality of life services that the voters of Kansas obviously treasure dearly. What’s more, the majority of us won running clean campaigns, with as few special interest dollars as possible. We plan to work with our colleagues of all political leanings to craft real solutions to our state budgetary mess.
As for the election in my own district, I am beyond honored to have been entrusted with your confidence to carry the Republican message into November. Election night was a blur. There are several groups of people I wish to thank.
To Joy Koesten, Jan Kessinger and Patty Markley; I want to thank you for your help and willingness to walk with me. I look forward to helping you in return in November.