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Willoughby faces Hawkins in House District 100

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at 7:14 a.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at 7:19 a.m.

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John Willoughby

Party: Democrat

Age: 80

Occupation: Volunteer mentor with SCORE

Education: Bachelor’s degree, Yale; bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Oxford; doctorate, University of Rochester

Experience: Precinct committeeman

Phone: 316-721-3509

E-mail: KS100th@gmail.com

Website: ks100thword.zxq.net

1. Promote new start-ups and truly small businesses, which generate a large majority of all new jobs, rather than spending on incentives to lure existing big businesses away from other states. Improve and publicize the quality of arts, parks, scenery, health, education, work ethic and other American values in Kansas. Publicize and build on the Kansas strength in biomaterials, composites, nanotechnology, wind energy and other areas.

2. Reduction in sales tax, with no sales tax on groceries; no income taxes on start-ups in their first five years of business grossing less than $50,000 a year; return to earlier tax rates on the wealthy (including state legislators and administrators), corporations, and other businesses (except for start-ups, as noted above; no deductions from income taxes for individuals except for gifts to non-profits & for first-home mortgage interest; no deductions for corporations.

3. Get back to the constitutionally required level of funding for education within two years. Raise the starting salaries for teachers and restore increases for outstanding experienced teachers. Provide incentives for teachers to choose rural schools.

4. I am a moderate Democrat, more at ease with moderate Republicans than with some of my more assertive Democrat friends. I like to work towards consensus.

1. Promote new start-ups and truly small businesses, which generate a large majority of all new jobs, rather than spending on incentives to lure existing big businesses away from other states. Improve and publicize the quality of arts, parks, scenery, health, education, work ethic and other American values in Kansas. Publicize and build on the Kansas strength in biomaterials, composites, nanotechnology, wind energy and other areas.

2. Disastrously bad: no likely probability of the promised good for the economy, and inevitable further breakdown in education, safety, programs for the poor, transportation, parks, water and other state responsibilities, while giving unneeded breaks to the wealthy.

3. Kansas should opt in to expansion of Medicaid for low-income citizens, because doing so helps to decrease injustice in expenses for low-income citizens in comparison to those who can afford the expense.

4. I would vigorously oppose the governor appointing appellate or Supreme Court judges, because such a change would further damage the U.S. tradition of checks and balances, further concentrating power in the executive branch.

5. I see no reason why any persons other than trained security personnel should be allowed to carry any weapons, concealed or not, on college campuses.

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Daniel Hawkins

Age: 51

Occupation: Employee benefits insurance consultant

Education: Bachelor’s degree

Experience: One term as precinct committeeman

Phone: 316-722-7307

E-mail: dan@vote4hawkins.org

Website: vote4hawkins.org

1. Companies locate or relocate to states that have favorable tax laws and regulations. We need to remove as many hurdles as possible to make sure companies want to come to Kansas. As a small businessman myself, I get upset at all the laws and regulations a company must comply with. Remove these barriers and have the correct tax structure and companies will flock to Kansas.

2. We must continue to find ways to reduce the tax burden on individuals and businesses. I will be looking for ways to encourage businesses to locate in Kansas and grow their job base here for the people of Kansas.

3. The education budget is two-thirds of the state budget. Our greatest asset is our children and our greatest responsibility is to educate our children. We must insure that 65 percent of every education dollar makes it into the classroom.

4. Conservative. I believe in limited government. The more we can get government out of our lives the better off we will be. Small business is being stifled by excess laws and regulations. We need to simplify our laws and regulations so our most precious resource (small business) can grow and prosper.

1. Companies locate or relocate to states that have favorable tax laws and regulations. We need to remove as many hurdles as possible to make sure companies want to come to Kansas. As a small businessman myself, I get upset at all the laws and regulations a company must comply with. Remove these barriers and have the correct tax structure and companies will flock to Kansas.

2. The tax law was good for individuals in Kansas. Going to a two-tier system with lower rates will help all taxpayers. It will make us more competitive with our border states. We have been losing business and individuals to other states with lower tax rates or no state taxes. To increase job growth we must become competitive again and attract those individuals and businesses back to Kansas. This has been a great start.

3. We should not participate in the expansion of Medicaid. This will cause large budget shortfalls in the coming years. We cannot afford this.

4. As we speak, most of the judges come from the northeast corner of Kansas. I would say that system is not working very well. We will need to look at this issue in the next session. The Senate confirmation process seems to work well on the federal level.

5. If a person has a concealed carry permit, then they should be allowed to carry on college campuses.

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House District 100

District 100 covers a swath of west Wichita. The seat is open because of redistricting.

1. What specific changes would you make to provide more good-paying and fulfilling jobs for Kansans?

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

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

4. How do you define yourself politically?

1. What specific changes would you make to provide more good-paying and fulfilling jobs for Kansans?

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

3. The Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act allows states to decide whether to opt in to expansion of Medicaid for low-income citizens. Should Kansas participate in the expansion?

4. Would you support the governor appointing and Senate confirming appellate court judges?

4. Do you support letting qualified people carry concealed weapons on college campuses?

Democrat John Willoughby recognizes it would be a long shot if he won the House race in District 100.

The 80-year-old educator plans to be in Africa for the latter part of October and perhaps even for the election, leading a seminar on entrepreneurship during prime campaigning season.

He defines himself as a moderate who is often more at ease with moderate Republicans than he is with more liberal Democrats. He said he decided to run simply because he wanted to offer voters a choice.

His opponent, Republican Daniel Hawkins, says he is a conservative who believes in limited government and personal responsibility. He says he decided to run in 2006 after watching then-Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius attempt to bring universal health care to Kansas.

The District 100 seat is open because redistricting placed incumbent Republican Rep. Mario Goico in District 94, where he is unopposed. District 100 covers a narrow strip of west Wichita that runs from Maple to 37th Street North, roughly between Tyler and Maize roads.

Hawkins, 51, is an employee benefits insurance consultant. He received his bachelor’s degree from Emporia State University.

He says he is a conservative who believes in limited government and personal responsibility. He was drawn to politics by health care. “When the redistricting came up, I felt the time was right; it was time for me to run. Health care is still an issue and it will be for awhile. My experience leads to my candidacy.”

He said he is “dead set against Obamacare. I think we have to stop Obamacare at every level we can.”

Hawkins said he would work to limit government.

“We have to get the government reined in,” Hawkins said. “I’m for personal responsibility. I am as staunch conservative as you can be.”

Willoughby, 80, is a Rhodes Scholar, a retired college administrator and dean and currently a volunteer mentor with SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives), which prompted his trip to Africa. He received his bachelor’s from Yale; his master’s from Oxford and his doctorate from the University of Rochester.

“If I were elected, I would be fighting for whatever could be salvaged and work for the reversal of the state’s tax plan which is going to be deadly,” Willoughby said. “I’d work to compromise and increase civility and work across the aisle.”

Willoughby said the two parties need to have a better working relationship.

If elected, Willoughby said he would work on passing an amendment to the state constitution limiting the amount of money political candidates can spend.

“I would get an amendment saying people are people and corporations are corporations. There currently is no protection in spending money or restricting the amount of money candidates can spend,” he said.

Reach Beccy Tanner at 316-268-6336 or btanner@wichitaeagle.com

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