Name: Tom Holland

Age: 49

Hometown: Baldwin City

Political affiliation: Democrat

Political experience: Elected to the Kansas House in 2002. Re-elected in 2004 and 2006. Elected to the Kansas Senate in 2008.

Name: Tom Holland
Age: 49
Hometown: Baldwin City
Political affiliation: Democrat
Political experience: Elected to the Kansas House in 2002. Re-elected in 2004 and 2006. Elected to the Kansas Senate in 2008.

1. Do you agree with the current Presidential Administration’s lawsuit against the state of Arizona over the issue of illegal immigration enforcement? Would you support a similar law in Kansas?

Washington has failed us on the issue of illegal immigration. They’ ve failed to protect our border and they’ve failed to protect our jobs. Washington should be an ally — not an adversary — to states on this issue, which is why I disagree with their decision to pursue a lawsuit. In Kansas, I’ve been a leader in the effort to address illegal immigration by sponsoring and supporting legislation to crack down on employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants. Going forward, I believe this is the best approach for our state.

2. This year a law went into effect banning smoking in privately-owned businesses, while specifically exempting state-owned casinos. Is this hypocritical and, if elected, how would you address it?

I voted against the statewide smoking ban because I believe this is a decision best left to local communities. I am also against implementing the smoking ban in casinos because it would devastate these businesses, resulting in fewer jobs and less revenue.

3. This year, the largest sales tax increase in state history was imposed in Kansas. Please explain why this was or was not necessary.

We’re in an economic recession caused by Washington politicians deregulating the banks and bailing out Wall Street. As a result, states like Kansas struggling to fund our schools and meet our obligations. The temporary 1-cent sales tax prevented the state from laying off teachers, releasing prisoners and abandoning our most vulnerable Kansans. Additionally, the revenue from this temporary sales tax will help pay for the new transportation plan which will create tens of thousands of jobs over the next decade.

4. Explain why you are the best qualified for the position you’re seeking.

I’m a successful small business owner, not a career Washington politician. I’ ve balanced the books and put people to work. My opponent has never balanced a budget, never created a job and never had to succeed at anything besides partisan politics. I am the only candidate in this race who can put politics aside and bring all people together – Republicans, Democrats and Independents.