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.

Biographical Information:

(Courtesy Seth Cordell)

Dr. Seth and his wife Dr. Teresa Cordell live on a small farmstead in Rice County, KS. Following their graduation from Cleveland Chiropractic College they moved back to central Kansas where they enjoy living in the country with their dogs, cats, and chickens. When not serving patients Dr. Seth is active with his local animal rescue and regularly fosters dogs awaiting adoption.

Campaign website/Facebook/Social Media:

Facebook: Seth Cordell for Governor

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

A large factor in the high price of goods is the lack of local competition for those goods. Easing the tax and regulations on small businesses will allow people to supply those goods at a lower cost and without dependency on a supply chain that is growing increasingly fragile. Easing the tax burden on consumers will also increase their spending power and offset the increase in costs.

Share your thoughts on abortion rights and restrictions.

I voted no to the Amendment and would not vote to increase restrictions on abortion. I believe the government should not be involved with an individuals healthcare choices. My personal views regarding abortion align fairly well with the current standards and would not actively seek to change them.

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

No. I believe the driving force behind the destruction of our healthcare system is government interference. I will not seek to cancel KanCare, but will strive to build an economy where it is no longer needed.

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

I support the full legalization of marijuana. For one, in study after study it is shown to be much safer than other currently legal recreational drugs. Secondly, the economic impact to the state would be incredible. Not only from the moderate taxation of the sale of recreational cannabis, but also full legalization would eliminate many of the regulations on the hemp industry which are preventing it from being a viable crop.

Share your thoughts about transgender athletes in sports.

I think the issue of transgender athletes in sports is not the business of the government. It should be up to the school who they allow on a team, and it should be up to the sanctioning body if they want to allow it in their contests. For Kansas high school sports, it would be KSHSAA that should be making that decision. The government arguing about this is yet another example of overreach and inefficiency.

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

It doesn’t matter if every vote in Kansas is properly accounted for, if it is perceived as inaccurate or corrupt, there will always be doubt. We need to find a way that ensures not only the integrity of the elections, but also the perception of them. I don’t know exactly what that looks like on election day, but would find a non-partisan solution. Prior to the election a great start would be the Republicans and the Democrats being willing to step on stage with everyone that is on the ballot to ensure a properly informed voting base.

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

Easing regulation in the food industries would allow more small processing facilities to open and give farmers and ranchers a more diverse market to sell their products to. Over time this will lead to more dependable and diverse business opportunities that will also shorten the supply chain and prevent shortages.

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

We need to eliminate standardized testing as a metric for success. They are not an accurate predictor of future success and take way too much class time to prepare for. K-12 needs to adapt to the new demands of a modern workforce and focus more on technical and vocational programs.

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

Accountability for all in authority. Ending qualified immunity for police officers and police unions. Also limit the power in the state capitol and give more authority to cities and counties that know how to solve the unique problems they face.