In preparation for Tuesday’s primary election, the Record asked candidates for a short, one-paragraph answer to the question: “What is the single biggest issue and how will you address it?” and to provide a picture of themselves for publication.
The Republican candidates for state representative in District 70 were prompted similarly, but neither John E. Barker nor Brian Huwiler responded. Candidates’ written responses have been edited only for style.
Very few of us have just one issue, but certainly at the top of the list for me is the loss of our personal liberties. Here is our greatest challenge: the erosion of personal liberty through higher taxation and over-regulation hurts the economy and agriculture which in turn frames much of our local economy. We need to limit the government to its constitutional authority. The encroachment of the government into all facets of our lives is responsible for the loss of personal liberty. The movement to abolish the second amendment and other liberal agenda items such as abortion on demand also attack personal liberty. And let’s face it, without our individual liberty we have nothing—and that includes every constitutional liberty that our founding fathers believed, and I share that belief today: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
My name is Nick Reinecker and I am running for Kansas Senate District #35. I consider my self a Constitutionally Conservative Christian Citizen Candidate. I respect the seriousness of situations but choose to walk circumspectly, noticing and practicing the art and science of love, wit, and humor. In crises, resolve must be rooted in fundamental obedience to a certain system, and authority without love is tyranny. On the budget, if spending is one number and the revenue says a lesser number there is a shortfall. Perpetual mitigation in the process of spending and cuts/tax cuts will always be present, however, the process needs to contain only truth without manipulation or late-night dividing political theatre. We are talking about citizens’ lives and well-being. Not to be abused, neglected, or exploited, but served and protected. On taxes, if I as a citizen am a taxable commodity in the land of mandated insurance, what is not tax policy? We are at a dangerous crossroads and I could say anything about “tax policy” to get your vote. I support a tax policy that is minimal, easy to understand, and not intrusive. On agriculture and revenue, I would eliminate criminal penalties regarding naturally occurring substances. Continue to advocate for aerospace industry. Also, I would look into the development of tax cuts for nursing students. On education, I should and shall be able to interface directly with all individual parties/private entities and/or governmental agencies and their employees, sub-contractors, etc. who have any access or direct contact with my children and their academic education. I’m a local control guy. This is my definition of suitable. Education funding will be determined through weightings, some data collection on the local level including special needs programs and emergency management policies for schools.
James E. Toews
We have to resolve water issues. For Kansas that’s probably the most important. You’ve got Oklahoma and Texas sucking groundwater like a giant straw. We’ll have to address this in a five-state compact between Nebraska, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas. But one senator from District 35 isn’t going to be the answer. We have to involve everybody.
You can look up my proven history of management, leadership, community involvement and my commitment to defending our constitutional rights on www.wilbornforsenate.com. As a life long common sense conservative Republican I am a fiscal conservative with a strong history of economic development experience. Aside from running my own business I have served as a board member and past president of McPherson Industrial Development Company. I know what it takes to build a culture that attracts business and to grow existing business and industry. Our challenge in the great Senate District 35 and the State of Kansas is to do just that.
Senate District 35 is a diverse district. School systems ranging from 1A to 4A; irrigation farming to the Flint Hills ranching; Fortune 500 companies to thriving independent businesses; loyal medical professionals, wind farms, ethanol plants, correctional facilities, and five private colleges. We have a perfect backdrop to build the culture and climate to grow business and industry. By growing our business and agriculture communities we can increase revenues without increasing taxes. We have a spending problem not a tax problem.
Of course this takes work and cooperation, but it can be done and has been done in some areas and some states. I look forward to your support and vote Aug. 5.