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  • CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRES: Kansas House of Representatives, District 3

  • 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, District 3. 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, District 3. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order.
     
    Michelle Hucke
    Pittsburg
    Republican
    Why are you running for office?
    People of this area care little for political parties and unreliable promises. They are tired of hearing candidates say they will fight for education, Highway 69, job creation and lower taxes, only to have those politicians fail to follow through once elected. Like the people I’ll represent, I want results!
    What is the biggest challenge facing your board/chamber/position, and what would you do about it?
    Good government requires open-minded dialogue. If we can’t have civil conversations across party lines, the system fails. We face blatant unwillingness to communicate. It’s obvious that the public is discouraged by partisan politics barricading the passage of good legislation. I’ll encourage an atmosphere where people can speak without retribution.
    What is the biggest area of growth facing your board/chamber/position, and how would you capitalize upon it?
    The Pittsburg area is made up of hard working people who want to work.  I will strive to create a culture that encourages growth of existing businesses while appealing to potential job creators.  I will work with City and County officials to implement innovative, modern workforce training and education systems.
    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 will work with local organizations such as SKIL, SEK-CAP, MOSAIC, and CLASS to apply coordinated strategies.  They work arduously to educate, inspire, and provide opportunities to those in need.  I will utilize their knowledge about our current state.  I will also emphasize importance of early childhood development.
    What sets you apart from your competition? In essence, why should voters choose you?
    This area needs a fresh perspective.  I recognize the challenges this area faces with a unique sense of urgency.  We can ill-afford a representative whose goal is to get back on a tired, failed path.  It’s time for bold, servant-minded leadership.  It’s time to start anew.
    Julie Menghini
    Pittsburg
    Democrat
    Why are you running for office?
    I was appalled to see progress made over decades of moderate Kansas leadership-Republican and Democratic-eliminated last session.  Reckless income tax policies serving no one but the rich will most certainly increase property taxes and slash funding for the elderly, disabled and students.   We need reason and experience now.
    Page 2 of 2 - What is the biggest challenge facing your board/chamber/position, and what would you do about it?
    Finding a balanced tax solution that restores funding for education, the disabled and the elderly, without diverting funds from the new transportation plan that I helped to pass, a plan that will create and/or sustain over 175,000 jobs in Kansas. I will work to restore balanced tax policy.
    What is the biggest area of growth facing your board/chamber/position, and how would you capitalize upon it?
    Business expansion in SEK.  We must provide incentives to continue this trend, growing jobs and our population.  This helps SEK secure additional funding needed to complete a four lane highway 69.  Gaming is taking off in Kansas.  We need the necessary changes to statute so SEK can thrive as well.
    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? (N/A for county attorney candidates)
    First, keep the economically disadvantaged employed with funding for job skills training and incentives for business to create jobs that provide a living wage.  Second, keep funding for important safety net policies--earned income tax credit, homestead property tax & food sales tax rebates and the childcare tax credit.
    What sets you apart from your competition? In essence, why should voters choose you?
    I have experience and a record of leadership and success-6 years working toward the current transportation plan and the funding that allows it to actually be implemented, 6 years working together with moderate republican and democratic legislators, 6 years protecting much needed funding for SEK, education and social services..
     

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