- Superintendent, USD #349, Stafford, KS
- BA, Ft. Hays State University
- MA, Wichita State University
- Ed.D, Wichita State University
- Never held an elected office
- Active volunteer in the community
Married with six adult children.
What is your plan to deal with the Kansas Budget?
My sincere hope is that the general election produces legislators who can work with one another within their political party and across the aisle. The first step will to be to repeal the income tax cuts passed in 2012 and implemented in 2013. Since that time revenue has decreased rapidly and has left our state in a fiscally fragile state. That step alone will not cure the problem because it has gotten so severe that reserves have been transferred and spent. I look forward to getting input from citizens in the 33rd district as to what they are willing to do to live within our means.
What kind of changes do you support in rewriting the school funding formula? Do you support additional funding for Kansas schools?
Having been a superintendent for 15 years in Kansas, I do not hold the belief that school finance was “broken.” We had a good formula that, with some tweaking, could be very fair to all sizes of districts. For many years we have not had a legislature and governor willing to fund the formula. It should be funded, which could require additional funding for Kansas schools.
What is your number one priority for the upcoming legislative session and how do you plan to address it?
My number one priority/concern is the fiscal disaster in Topeka. The income tax cuts of 2012 must be addressed. When leaders in the state start on a road toward fiscal responsibility, only then can recovery begin for schools, transportation, and children and families. My expertise is in public education, and I hope I can put that knowledge to good use for Kansans.
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