WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — KSN News sent a questionnaire to each candidate facing a challenger in the November general election. We are still waiting for Nathan Butler’s response. In the meantime, we have filled in some of the answers that he provided for our August primary questionnaire.

Biographical Information:

(Courtesy Nathan Butler)

Nate Butler has led a distinguished career as a realtor, an associational mission strategist, a pastor, an Army officer, and a civil servant.

Currently, he is a realtor with RE/MAX Signature Properties, in Junction City. He also serves as a consultant for pastors in the Smoky Hill Baptist Association, and City Commissioner for Junction City, Kansas

Elected in 2019 to serve on the Junction City Commission. Four-year term began January 2020. In 2021 Nate served as Vice Mayor.

Nate started Water’s Edge Church in Henderson, Kentucky. Prior to this, he served as the senior pastor of First Southern Baptist Church, Junction City.

Nate retired as a Major after serving 20 years on Active Duty in the United States Army. He deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm. Throughout his career he received numerous awards and citations.

For five years, he served as a government employee. His positions included Human Resources Specialist for Labor and Management Employee Relations and Staffing Specialist.

Nate served four years on the Geary County, Kansas, Board of Education. He was the Vice President of the Board for two years.

The Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky appointed Nate to serve on the 51st District Judicial Nomination Commission.

His education includes a Bachelor of Business Degree from Wichita State University, a Master of Science Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University, and a Master of Arts Degree in Theology from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

He has been married to his wife, Terry, for 39 years, has three married children and six grandchildren.

Campaign website/Facebook/Social Media:

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What do you think should be done to help Kansans dealing with high costs?

Inflation is eating into the spendable cash that many Kansasn’s use to live week to week. These increased costs include but are not limited to the cost of groceries and gas. The US needs to ramp up oil drilling and refining.

Share your thoughts on abortion rights and restrictions.

Awaiting the candidate’s response.

Do you think KanCare should be expanded? Why or why not?

I am currently learning more about KanCare or Medicaid Expansion. I am concerned with the limited two year plan for the US to provide finances to help cover the cost with the subsequent expectation to have states become responsible for financial coverage. I plan to follow this closely to remain well informed in order to make an educated decision.

What is your stance on the legalization of medical marijuana? Recreational marijuana?

I am not sure where this agenda will end up having passed the Kansas House in 2022 but not moved forward in the Senate. I do believe there is research that supports medical marijuana.

Share your thoughts about transgender athletes in sports.

Awaiting the candidate’s response.

What are your thoughts on election integrity in Kansas? Across the United States? Would you change the election process and how?

Awaiting the candidate’s response.

What are the issues you would address for farmers and ranchers?

Farmers and ranchers are essential to our nation. They are a key component to our economy. With an ever increasing population, there is more demand for animal and plant products. Not only do Kansas farmers and ranchers feed fellow Kansans, they also feed people around the world. But running a farm or ranch is costly with not only fuel costs increasing, but also the cost of fertilizer. There needs to be more fuel production by our nation.

What are the key education issues in Kansas for K-12? For universities?

A report in 2021 by the Kansas Policy Institute showed that achievement tests administered by KDHE showed a lower average than expected, with only 20% of 10th graders on track for college and career. In 2022 the state did fully fund K-12 education. This is something that should continue. The state needs to ensure the educators have the resources needed to do their job. The cost of a college education continues to increase and more students are taking on more debt to graduate. Should there be limitations on the cost of education?

What do you think needs to be done to promote social and racial justice?

No current stand on this issue