Republican Rep. Brenda Landwehr faces a challenge from Democrat Dan Manning in House District 91, which covers parts of west and central northwest Wichita.
Landwehr, 55, a business owner, has been a state representative since 1995. She said she wants to fight against increasing taxes and government overspending.
Manning, 30, a production manager and West Point graduate, said he wants to work to improve the lives of those around him.
Kansas’ 125 state representatives are elected to two-year terms. They develop and debate laws and approve the state’s budget during a 90-day legislative session. They are paid $88.66 per day and get $116 per day in expenses while in session or attending interim committee meetings.
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1. What are your top three budget priorities, in order, and where should the money come from?
2. Do you think changes should be made to the statewide smoking ban? If so what should those be?
3. Should the state examine selling off state property then leasing it back as a cost saving measure?
Occupation: Business owner
Education: North High graduate
Political experience: State representative since 1995
1. The economy -- Create a business friendly environment for businesses to come to Kansas and for business to grow. It is important to get people back to work. Health Care -- Reduce costs of health care, have price transparency, access to health care providers, portability of health care insurance. Spending -- Government agencies need to be more efficient.
2. It is not the government’s place to dictate the ban of a legal product in a private business. Bars and state owned casinos complained income would be reduced if smoking was banned. Bar owners were willing to make compromises but it fell on deaf ears. Legislators chose to protect the income of the state owned casinos but not the private business owners. This was grossly unfair.
3. The state has a lot of property that is not being used at this time and it has sat idle for several years. It makes sense for the state to sell this property so that it is put back on the tax role. It could also mean the expansion of a current business or a new business.
DAN N. MANNING
Occupation: Production manager
Education: Bachelor of Science in Chinese Language, United States Military Academy (West Point); Master’s of Business Administration, University of Phoenix
Political experience: None
1. My top priorities are education, jobs, and the economy. In the high tech environment many of us find ourselves today, having a quality education that prepares the student for the work force or to go on to college is vital. Through a quality education and technical training program, Kansas can attract quality jobs to the area.
2. I support the smoking ban. However, I would like to see the exemption for casinos removed. I am also in favor of allowing venues to construct indoor smoking rooms if they choose to do so.
3. With property values low due to the current recession and past studies that have shown this to be financially unsound, I would not support such a measure at this time.