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I worked very hard as a state legislator to protect public education, create jobs, and make the Kansas tax code more fair. Inn just two years much of that progress has been lost. The largest cut to public education in Kansas history was implemented and the most regressive tax plan in the nation was signed into law. I want to return to the Legislature to help get our state - and the Pittsburg community - back on track.

Kansas is a great place to live, work, and raise a family. Excellent public schools. Vibrant, safe communities. Strong, thriving businesses. These are important to the people of Kansas and, as your State Representative, I will strive to improve and protect the quality of life you value. There are no easy answers to the challenges we face, but I will take your ideas and concerns to Topeka, collaborate with legislators from both sides of the aisle, and build consensus towards new solutions. If elected as your State Representative, I will:

 
   
         
    On Economic Opportunities and Growth    
   
Encourage job creation and economic development. As the recession starts to turn around we need to continue on a path toward prosperity and ensure job and business opportunities for all Kansans.
   
         
    For The Best Public Schools in the Nation    
   
Ensure that our excellent public schools receive adequate funding and that our children continue to receive the knowledge and tools necessary to become active, productive citizens of the 21st century.
   
         
    On Cheap Energy and a Clean Environment    
   
Protect our environment and develop new energy projects. Kansas is the second windiest state in the country. We need to harness that potential to produce clean energy, which in turn will create new jobs.
   
         
    For A Better Health Care System for Everyone    
   
Find ways to reduce the cost of health care to make it more accessible and affordable for all Kansans, while paying special attention to the needs of our seniors and our children.
   
         
    On Keeping Our Moral Covenant    
   
Defend the most vulnerable of our population by funding necessary social services that are vital to so many disabled Kansans and ensure they receive the care, treatment, and dignity they deserve.