Family Values. True Accountability. Clear Direction.
The new 5th district is in 4 counties: Franklin, Anderson, Miami, and Linn, and includes the communities of Wellsville, LeLoup Osawatomie, Rantoul, Lane, Beagle, Harris, Westphalia, Welda, Garnett, Parker, Centerville, Colony, and Greeley.
I decided to run for the Kansas House of Representatives 5th District Seat for two reasons.
First, I believe that the greatest thing I can do here on this earth is to serve others. Having been a pastor, I am inspired by the words of Jesus in the book of Matthew 20:26-28, “Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” In my view, the status of the elected is not to be at the top of a pyramid while the people are at the bottom, but rather an upside-down pyramid where the elected feels the weighty responsibility as the servant to the people that he serves. It is my pleasure to serve the people of our great state in this capacity.
Secondly, I care deeply about my home State and about its future. I have a vision to see Kansas become a model for our nation and a place where my children chose to raise their families. I look forward to the day that Kansans take heartfelt pride in the place we call home and don’t back down from those that say otherwise. I look forward to the day when not only do other States flock to find out what we are doing right, but also people come to visit just because of our reputation. Having served in the military, I have lived in many different places and traveled all over. I have never met better people than those in Kansas. Kansas has the greatest people in our nation, and our State should be a reflection of that, not taking advantage of that.
I look forward to helping others see and share the greatness in Kansas.
I deserve your vote for 3 reasons.
1) My word and handshake is my bond. The majority of the people in the 5th District share these same values and principles.
2) I know this place; it is my home. I was raised and graduated from high-school & college while living in Wellsville. Keeping my residency in Kansas while in the military & abroad, I gained experience and knowledge that have made me competent and confident for the tasks Kansas is currently facing.
3) I fight for life, liberty, and property (pursuit of happiness)
I believe the major issues that our state is facing today are not what you will hear & see in the day to day liberal media. It seems their intention is to distract from what is moral, lawful, secure and decent, and keep the focus on conjecture, half-truths, opinions, gossip, and fiction. Distraction is their goal, not truth.
The 3 major issues in our State right now are Security, Activist Judges, and Education Funding.
Win - I lobbied for HCR 5008 - Constitutional right to hunt, fish, and trap - This will actually be on the ballot so that each voter can decide!
Win - Given that the constitutional responsibility of Government is first protection and my work on our Military, Veteran, and Homeland Security Committee, I am particularly proud of HCR 5024 Urging the US President to not send terrorist detainees to Kansas (Leavenworth). The security ramifications of this alone are huge! I have also been working to prohibit the relocation of refugees from certain countries to the state of Kansas.
More government is not the answer. Throughout history, the more government gets its fingers into any business the more costs go up, confusion sets in, over-regulation takes over, and moral goes down. Government programs do not create prosperity of success. We need a smarter - more efficient - government that understands at a heart level that they are servant to the citizens of this great state and should play the role of protecting the fundamental rights given to each of us by our Creator.
The rights that we have been endued with by our Creator are under attack. Some believe that government should have the power to permit or endue these rights, but this should never happen. The moment that government has the power to give or take away the right to protect oneself and family, the right to do as we ought, or the right to pursue happiness, that is the moment that we lose our chance to ever succeed as a civilization. We should not be a nanny state and rightly so. Today, there are some that have consistently voted against the right to bear arms; have voted to raise taxes in the days of low economic state; and who side against accountability and transparency with the hopes of a domineering central government that takes all and controls all. This is our constitution! Government should be as small and close to the people it serves as possible.
On 2nd Amendment Gun rights, I believe firmly that our creator has given us the right to protect ourselves and that our Constitution protects that right. I believe in and support your right to bear arms. As a young boy I went with my dad and took a hunter’s safety course. I hunted with my dad and did target shooting too, but it wasn’t until I served in our country’s military in such places as Iraq, that I fully understood how important it is to preserve this liberty. As a soldier, I personally carried my “security” everywhere I went, and for good reason. Our constitutional right to bear arms is important to our fundamental need for safety, protection, and sustenance. Without this liberty, power is completely out of the hands of the people to provide for & protect themselves and their families. I have been endorsed by the National Rifle Association with an “A” rating
Win - HB2591 - which I introduced through committee - was ultimately put into a conference committee report and made law in July of this year. This legislation was brought to my attention by a Centerville Mom whose daughter is active duty U.S. Coast Guard. This law streamlines the Conceal & Carry licensing for Active Duty Military Personnel.
I stand firmly against illegal immigration. Kansas should – at the very least – be keeping the federal laws on illegal immigration. There are and should be consequences when the law is broken. This means deportation and no “sanctuary cities.” College In-state tuition for illegal immigrants is wrong.
Given how our current Kansas Supreme Court judges are being reprimanded by higher courts continuously, we need to non-retain a majority of them. Most of them are “Activist Judges” making up their own rules over the people rather than giving their opinions based in the Constitution. This is very apparent when the right to a dismemberment abortion of a baby is found in the statement “All men are possessed of equal and inalienable natural rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” when proven murders - the Carr brothers - have their sentences overturned, and when the high court is manipulating the legislative branch with threats to close the schools to get a particular action. All of these are unconstitutional & impeachable offenses and must not be tolerated for the good of all Kansans. Please go to:
I am 100% pro-life and have been endorsed by Kansans for Life (KFL). I believe life begins at conception and that the unborn have the same inalienable rights that you or I have. For 4 years I was a pastor in a church that was less than 4 blocks from an infamous abortion clinic in Wichita, KS. I prayed at the clinic, counseled girls contemplating abortions, walked in pro-life parades, and met with pro-life leadership. My wife and I have 7 young children of our own and what a blessing, heritage, and reward they are! It would be an honor to stand proud and support/sponsor pro-life legislation for our great state.
The education of Kansas children is the parent’s responsibility, not the State’s. A parent can choose to educate their child by any means that they deem is best. Whether that is home school, private school, or public school, but that decision is on the parent’s shoulders. I believe education is a lifelong process, and that all Kansans should get the absolute best education possible that can be afforded. We should not go into debt to get that education.
Currently our state education funding is done by “block grants” which basically affords each school district what they received prior to removing the education funding formula that has been in place since the 90’s. That funding formula was removed because a group of school s has been suing the state over and over for insufficient funds and winning. The old funding formula does not work. Kansas K-12 needs an honest funding formula that does not leave budgeting to the courts.
Education is near and dear to my heart. I currently sit on the USD#289 Board of Education (BOE), and I am proud to say I helped develop our vision statement: Empowering a community of life-long learners. We are proactive in this approach, taking planned care of grounds, logistics, & technology, giving raises, and are getting more dollars to the classroom.
Since beginning on the BOE, I have realized the mistrust between the State and the local BOE. This causes a school to believe that the State does not have its best interests at heart and the State to believe that the schools are not thinking of the bigger picture. We must have a State government that values excellent education and trusts local BOE’s to govern and appropriate correctly, and we must have local BOE’s that value the State and take the steps necessary to support its direction and future. This should not be a fight or both lose. Having received my K-12 education from Wellsville schools, it provided a quality platform for a life-time of continued discipline, learning, success, and experience in my own life and the lives of many others. A premium education clears the path for achievement and success resulting in a thriving Kansas.
Our current K-12 common core curriculum standards are unproven and very likely mediocre for some students. Our colleges need to do honest line-item budgeting.
On taxes, I believe firmly that more of your hard-earned money should stay in your hands so that you can spend it the way you want rather than some government head deciding where it should go. A flat or fair tax based on consumption makes a whole lot more sense than entitlements.
Coal powered electricity is vital in Kansas especially with such an abundance. The Federal EPA restriction is an overreach and does not govern all the rest of the world. Our own EPA is handicapping us in energy production while the rest of the world does no - or very little - Environmental self-governance.
I disagree with the 20% state mandate on renewable energy, but I like renewable energy. I think renewable energy is wise, but it is still way too expensive. Also, If there is property tax on other viable fixtures, there should be on the wind generators too.
Your wage as a worker is a contract between you and your employer. If you agree to $8.50/hr or if you agree to $15.00/hr, you agreed. Fulfill your part of the deal. Whether it is the Federal government or the State, forcing employers to pay higher wages would high-jack businesses in Kansas reducing opportunity and economic viability.
Marijuana should be regarded at the Federal level. Your Federal government is doing a disservice to the States by not taking a stance and enforcing laws.
In Kansas, each person should use the restroom that correlates to the gender on their original birth certificate.
I support the traditional definition that marriage is between one man and one woman. I will not support any legislation that moves to confuse, dismiss, or change that definition.
Win - Fought hard for needed budget dollars to keep Osawatomie State Hospital viable, and successfully requested the Legislative Coordinating Council to commission an interim committee to study and produce 2017 legislation for our State Hospitals and the Kansas mental health system.