Sales and marketing
Studied at Wichita State
Member of City Council District lV Advisory Board
Member of SW Village Neighborhood Association Board
Position on the Kansas Budget:
Politicians have played games with the Kansas budget for far too long. Using shell games and robbing the highway fund, our budget is structurally imbalanced. Using Zero Based Budgeting, we can get back to a fiscally responsible budget that Kansas expect.
Position on School Funding:
I am a firm advocate of Kansas public education. Having received a public education in Wichita, I understand and respect the hard work and professionalism of Kansas teachers. Public Education is a state constitutional requirement, however, private education provides for choices and competition to thrive in places like Wichita. I will support the expansion of public/private partnerships for both Early Education and Higher Education. Access to high quality public, private, or home-based education is the difference between a good student and a great scholar. We need more great scholars.
By 2020, over 71% of Kansas Jobs will require a post-secondary degree. This means we need to continue to prepare students to be college-ready by the time they graduate high school. We also need to respect that not everyone is going to be ready or willing to go to college. It is expensive. Public education must prepare students for the workforce and their careers. Employers are seeking applicants with “soft skills” like integrity, respect, and selfless service. We can develop incentives for schools to re-imagine the classroom by seeking out businesses and nonprofits to work with public schools to expand internships, shadow programs, required community service, and to invest in vocational programs for the workforce of tomorrow. The value of hard work is something that every generation needs to experience to understand it is key to the American Dream.
Position on Economy & Taxes:
I believe creating a pro-job growth environment entails a three prong common sense approach.
First, we have to push to have a well-educated and well-trained workforce in Kansas. By investing in education and vocational options such as WTI and WATC, we can help accomplish this. We need cooperation between public education and business to make sure we’re developing a workforce in Wichita and Kansas ready to compete in a global economy.
Second, we must review and make sure no business is unable to grow due to an burdensome and unnecessary government regulation. While some regulation can be a good thing, too much or unneeded regulation can have a negative effect on job growth. Many regulations are outdated and need to be revised.
Third, we must focus on keeping our best and brightest young talent right here in Wichita. Millennials are fleeing this state at an alarming rate, and we must work to reverse this trend. We need to value vocational training as much as we do a college degree. We need policies that attract workers and business to Kansas, not deter them from making Kansas their home.
Position on Health Care:
Washington bureaucrats have failed us when it comes to Obamacare. Instead of lowering healthcare costs, premiums have skyrocketed for Kansas families. When need to return to market based solutions, and give individuals more power in their healthcare decisions.
Position on Immigration:
Both parties have failed us when it comes to immigration. Too much talking and not enough action has kept our southern border unsecured for decades. This can be addressed on a state level by advocating for policies that deter illegal immigrants from settling in Kansas.
Highest Priority Issue in Office:
My highest priority in Topeka will be to fight for working families, and the first step I will take to accomplish this is working to lower the sales tax on food. In 2015, the largest tax increase in Kansas history passed the Legislature by ONE VOTE. This increase shifted the tax burden onto thousands of hard working Kansans and retirees. I believe we need a tax system that is fair for all Kansans. A system that allows the state to provide the services we expect, while at the same time keeps taxes low for hard working families.
What needs to change in our state government?
We need to return fiscal responsibility to Topeka. Kansas families cannot afford more irresponsible tax increases or experiments. We can do better.