Log Out | Member Center

81°F

103°/74°

Gene Suellentrop and Robin Clements are GOP candidates in House District 91

  • Published Saturday, July 7, 2012, at 7:09 a.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at 10:14 a.m.

The Republican primary race in Kansas House District 91 features the incumbent from the previous District 105, Gene Suellentrop, and small business owner Robin Clements.

Clements says her business, Public Solutions, consults with small businesses on public policy.

Suellentrop, also a business owner, was chosen by the Sedgwick County Republican Party in late 2009 to fill a vacant seat in the Legislature. He won re-election in 2010.

Both candidates live in northwest Wichita.

The district covers parts of north and west Wichita as well as Park City. It includes about 25 percent of the residents of the old District 105, about 20 percent of the old District 91, 21 percent of the old District 90, 27 percent of the old District 89 and 7 percent of the old District 85.

The winner in the Aug. 7 primary election will face Democrat Katelyn Delvaux in November.

Robin Clements

Age: 61

Occupation: CEO of Public Solutions LLC

Education: BA and MPA, Wichita State University

Experience: Worked in governor’s office; worked in campaigns of both parties.

Phone: 316-832-9710

E-mail: Robin4Kansas@yahoo.com

Web site: www.Robin4Kansas

Are the income tax cuts Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law a good thing for Kansas?

Not good enough. Legislative Research estimates that cumulative cuts will cost Kansas $4.5billion by 2018. Will this make it impossible for the state to keep its commitment to education and social services? I do not want the new tax law to become the biggest unfunded mandate ever. I want to keep property taxes down.

What further changes, if any, would you advocate in the state’s tax laws?

Revise so revenues stay in Kansas: The law cuts Kansas taxes, but results in higher net incomes taxed by other states and the IRS.

Protect state and local governments from receiving downgraded bond ratings.

Provide fairness. Example: penalizing C corporations – some of our largest employers — while rewarding other types of corporations.

How would you change the state’s laws or budget to improve K-12 education?

During the recession state aid to schools was drastically cut. Most teachers got no raises. If we don’t fix that, the best teachers will find other jobs.

Protect school boards from forced property tax increases to cover mandated services.

Return state property tax aid to low-wealth districts.

What was the most meaningful experience in your life (besides family-related births and marriages)?

The day I received a scholarship to college as a young divorced mother of two. I went to college full-time and worked while raising my girls. I will work to support initiatives to help other young families go from dependence to taxpaying, independence.

Gene Suellentrop

Age: 60

Occupation: Business owner

Education: BA, St. Gregory’s University, Shawnee, Okla.

Experience: Legislator for three years, Kansas House District 105. Appropriations Committee, Vice Chair Commerce and Economic Development Committee, Judiciary Committee

Phone: 316-260-3663

E-mail: gene@genesuellentrop.com

Web site: www.genesuellentrop.com

Are the income tax cuts Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law a good thing for Kansas?

Businesses who drive this economy and all individual income tax payers will pay less taxes as a result of this tax reduction and they will choose how to spend that money instead of the State. That is what will move our State forward creating more jobs and opportunity for all.

What further changes, if any, would you advocate in the state’s tax laws?

We will need to continue to oversee the spending of State tax revenue and reduce budgets through the use of enhanced technology, thereby reducing the number of State employeesproviding services to our citizens and taxpayers. Kansas needs to move to a flat tax or no income tax system over time.

How would you change the state’s laws or budget to improve K-12 education?

The education funding formula needs to be simplified, the administration of our school districts needs to be more efficient, more of the education dollars this state spends need to be put into the classrooms and spent on teachers and students.

What was the most meaningful experience in your life (besides family-related births and marriages)?

Growing up in a family of 13 children taught me just about all the lessons of life such as sharing, competitiveness, empathy, laughing at one’s self, teamwork, sacrifice and many more.

Subscribe to our newsletters

The Wichita Eagle welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views. Please see our commenting policy for more information.

Have a news tip? You can send it to wenews@wichitaeagle.com.

Search for a job

in

Top jobs