James Thomas, head of Thomas Energy, has filed to run as a Republican for the House 83rd District representing portions of east Wichita.
The seat is held by Carolyn Bridges, a Democrat who was elected in 2012.
Thomas said in a written statement that he would “strive for smaller state government, greater individual liberty, freer markets and fiscal responsibility.” Thomas also said he “would push for a fairer, flatter tax system and for taking steps to ensure that Kansas can meet its long-term pension obligations.”
He also said he “is concerned by the activism of the judicial branch and increased spending on schools not yielding better performance on state assessment exams.”
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Thomas, who lives in Eastborough, said he founded Thomas Energy, a petroleum land services company, 20 years ago and still runs it. He also is a director of the Wichita Symphony Society.
Thomas is married and has three children.