Frequently Asked Questions

Why are you running for Representive for the 80th District

  

I have followed local, county, and state politics most of my life. With my background in business, and education, I have talked to others about how important it is to be a good citizen, to understand our American ideas, and to participate in the civic process, starting by voting. It has seemed like a responsible process to serve as a citizen statesman when I see the community not being served by raising taxes, adding more government regulation, and not being accountable to the people of the District. Like most people, I had not been able to run for Legislative office because the time away from work for 90 business days, which is about 180 real days. This will include commuting weekly to Topeka, finding temporary housing, and being way from my family. With this physical requirements, I would not be able to work at a normal 40 hour a week job. This last year after retiring from public education, I have the opportunity and more flexibility to serve. 

What are the most important issues you feel that are facing the citizens of your district?

  

Revenue and Expenses must balance fiscal mandates. We must promote to the World the Kansas is “Open for Business”. We must develop a comprehensive tax plan is pro micro and small business growth. We must have a simple individual tax plan that Education funding

Since this is over 60 % of the Kansas budget. We must get a consensus by Kansas taxpayers how much they are willing to fund local school boards from the money they are earning. The more the Taxpayer is paying on one bugdeg item the less is available for other agencies such as Mental Health and Roads. 

We must make government services so that all Kansas taxpayers can understand their value 

We must reduce regulation, licensing, and fees for micro business. 

We must continue to have cost reductions in State agencies by allowing budget carryovers so that agencies do not have to “spend it or lose it”

What are your greatest accomplishments over the past few years?

Marrying the best wife in the World

Being a parent of 3 boys

Being a in-law to a great daughter-in-law

Being a grand parent of 4 girls

Being an educator


Serving on the local Chamber of Commerce

Serving on the local township

Serving on the State Kansas Bed and Breakfast Board of Directors


Political Questions

  

Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?

Pro-Life

Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?

NO

Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders?

Yes

  

Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means   of promoting economic growth?

 

NO

Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?

Yes

Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?

NO

Energy: Do you support funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?

Yes, but not by Government

Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?

No

Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation?

NO

Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?

YES

 Immigration: Do you support requiring   illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are   eligible for citizenship?

YES

Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage?

NO

National Security: Do you support   targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?

YES

Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?

Yes