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  • CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRES: Kansas House of Representatives, District 2

  • The Morning Sun has asked candidates in contested races to answer a series of questions. They were instructed to limit their responses to 50 words each on the open-form questions. Today’s candidates are for Kansas House Representative, District 2. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order.

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  • The Morning Sun has asked candidates in contested races to answer a series of questions. They were instructed to limit their responses to 50 words each on the open-form questions. Today’s candidates are for Kansas House Representative, District 2. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order.
    Bob Grant
    Frontenac
    Democrat
    Why are you running for office?
    Our state is facing many difficult challenges.  I have been honored to serve the people of the 2nd District and am running to ensure that they continue to have a strong advocate to fight for improved funding for our schools, lower property taxes and improved job opportunities. 
     
    What is the biggest challenge facing your board/chamber/position, and what would you do about it?
    Our biggest challenge has been addressing the need for better job opportunities in southeast Kansas and statewide. I’ll continue to work for an amended gaming law that helps create jobs locally, for improved training to get unemployed workers back into the workforce and for efforts to strengthen small businesses.
     
    What is the biggest area of growth facing your board/chamber/position, and how would you capitalize upon it?
    Our state economy has begun to turn around with a $500 million budget surplus. I will continue to support utilizing a portion of such surpluses to restore funding for education, senior services and those most vulnerable.  I believe that surplus can be used to help lower local property taxes.    
     
    Southeast Kansas and Crawford County are among the most economically depressed counties in the state. What would you do to try to tackle the issue of poverty in the region?
    I have been a strong advocate for the economic development that expanded gaming would bring, allowing our area to benefit from jobs and increased tourism as well as the Highway 69 expansion. I have fought to lower property taxes and improve job opportunities for the unemployed and underemployed.     
     
    What sets you apart from your competition? In essence, why should voters choose you?
    I have a proven track record of working with both Democrats and Republicans in the Capitol to accomplish results benefitting the people of Kansas.  In these challenging times, experience and the ability to work across party lines counts for a hell of a lot.
    Jeffrey G. “Jeff” Locke
    Fort Scott
    Republican
    Why are you running for office?
    I wish to advance the passage/vote on a Healthcare Freedom Amendment and protect our health choices and our religious freedom here in Kansas! And most especially I wish to serve the citizens of the 2nd district statehouse of Kansas!
    Page 2 of 2 - What is the biggest challenge facing your board/chamber/position, and what would you do about it?
    Protecting the Family Budget so that government funding is limited to what is cost beneficial and defined by both the U.S. Constitution and the Kansas Constitution. I support the Kansas Economic Freedom Act of 2014 and I testified in its favor as one of many the last session.
    What is the biggest area of growth facing your board/chamber/position, and how would you capitalize upon it?
    Growth of government surpassing private-sector job growth ranks Kansas 3rd from the top in government cost per capita, ahead of debt-stricken California. I would promote the cost/benefit analysis of every government program in our state as I believe problems must be defined before action should be taken.
    Southeast Kansas and Crawford County are among the most economically depressed counties in the state. What would you do to try to tackle the issue of poverty in the region?
    We rank 34th or 35th statewide so I would focus on BEST practices for jobs through reforms for business investment certainy.I would pursue this through full debate and discussion of several plans advocated by Dr. Arthur Hall the Director of Applied Economics at KU.
    What sets you apart from your competition? In essence, why should voters choose you?
    I am endorsed by the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and I am Pro-Life and Pro-Family. I am a lifetime and endowed member of the NRA. We need teamwork to get Kansas growing and I have a record of successful contract negotiations during my 25 years as an instructor.
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