WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — KSN News sent a questionnaire to each candidate facing a challenger in the November general election. We have not made any edits to the candidate’s answers.
My wife Bev and I have owned Ravenwood Lodge in rural Shawnee county for over 30 years. We both grew up in the 54th House district, attended school here, raised our family here, and built our business here. This is home. It’s an honor to represent our friends and neighbors in the statehouse. My goal as a legislator has always been to reflect the hard working rural values of our district and promote policies that that bring about growth and prosperity in our communities.
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What do you think should be done to help Kansans dealing with high costs?
The biggest economic issue facing us all is record breaking inflation caused by the polices of Joe Biden’s Democrat party. Cost of living increases are busting family budgets and killing small businesses. One way the state can help alleviate the pain is by allowing Kansans to keep more of their hard earned dollars. I will continue working to bring broad based tax relief to all Kansans.
Share your thoughts on abortion rights and restrictions.
I am pro-life. The vast majority of Kansans oppose late term, partial birth, and taxpayer funded abortions. The legislature needs to ensure those are not taking place by protecting the restrictions currently in law.
Do you think KanCare should be expanded? Why or why not?
No. Kansas taxpayers should not have to pay for health coverage for able bodied adults choosing not to work. This is another government giveaway similar to paying off student loans.
What is your stance on the legalization of medical marijuana? Recreational marijuana?
I oppose the legalization of marijuana.
Share your thoughts about transgender athletes in sports.
Men should not compete in girls’ sports or share locker rooms with female athletes.
What are your thoughts on election integrity in Kansas? Across the United States? Would you change the election process and how?
Kansas has some of the most secure elections in the country. I’ve been proud to support successful efforts to require Voter ID, proof of citizenship requirements, eliminate ballot harvesting, clean up voter rolls, and increase election audits among other security efforts. There is still work to be done including fixing the loophole with unsecure election drop boxes.
What are the issues you would address for farmers and ranchers?
The 54th District is largely a rural district and I’m proud to have the support of Kansas Farm Bureau. In recent years there has been an emphasis in the legislature on water. This is a crucial issue for agriculture and one that we will continue to explore. In addition, lowering property taxes and pushing back on unnecessary rules and regulations are key to helping our farmers and ranchers thrive.
What are the key education issues in Kansas for K-12? For universities?
During the COVID-19 pandemic I heard from parents who were disappointed in the lack of input they had into the education of their children. Parents should make the decisions regarding the education of their children, not a bureaucracy. That’s why I supported the Parents Bill of Rights this session and will continue doing so.
At the university level I hear on a regular basis from constituents concerned that their tax dollars are going to universities teaching woke, anti-American ideology. Universities should be a place where our kids go to prepare for their future careers, not become indoctrinated.
What do you think needs to be done to promote social and racial justice?
I believe in freedom of opportunity. Everyone should play by the same rules and laws. When the government starts picking winners and losers that leads to division.