Many of you know I filed for to run for the Kansas Senate against Jeff Melcher to put a stop to the failed experiment of Sam Brownback and extremist legislators in Topeka who routinely vote to defund our schools and universities, pillage our infrastructure funds, and concentrate more power in their own hands, all while continuing to support the largest tax increase in Kansas history! Action was needed, and I could no longer stand by and watch as our communities were decimated.
Having served as the Ward 5 councilman on the Overland Park City Council, I am a firm supporter of keeping government local. Thanks to the voters who elected local leaders like me, Johnson County has remained the only county in the state to have a net gain in jobs since the Brownback/Legislature experiment. Our AAA bond rating shows businesses looking to invest in Johnson County that we remain a safe investment, despite the extremist experiment. You, the citizens, have elected me before, and with your help, I want to serve you again in the Kansas Senate.
I want to emphasize I am running for YOU, the citizens of Leawood and Overland Park. Given the chance to serve you, I pledge to listen to your concerns. Had they listened to you, their employers, Governor Brownback and the current Legislature would know it is long past time to admit their mistakes and stop sticking our students and retirees with the bill!
The Republican primary on August 2nd is your best chance to restore pride in our government and state. My campaign is sending out applications for mail ballots if you would rather vote from the comfort of your own home. Please do not hesitate to contact me here if you have concerns, want to volunteer to make phone calls to your neighbors, or register for a walking party! I hope you’ll give me the opportunity to work with legislators of both parties to restore Kansas Common Sense to Topeka this August!
It has been a busy four months of working for you, making calls, raising money, and planning for the summer campaign. I have continued my City Council work and had the opportunity to read to the Kindergarten class at Oak Park Elementary. If we continue to sweep funds from education to pay our debts, we risk these children’s futures. Special thanks to the Overland Park Police Department for helping me keep the kids in line and answering questions about law enforcement!