The race to represent most of Sumner and part of Harper counties in the Kansas House pits Democratic incumbent Vince Wetta against Republican newcomer Ellen Janoski.
Wetta, 64, of Wellington, is seeking a third term. He said he wants to focus on jobs, education, opportunity and a clean environment.
He notes he has "poured my heart and soul" into efforts to bring a destination resort casino to Sumner County, in an attempt to create jobs and lower property taxes.
Janoski, 27, of Peck, is a stay-at-home mom who has worked in the past as Midwest coordinator for the Leadership Institute, a political nonprofit that bills itself as training conservative leaders.
She said she is running "because I am tired of wishing somebody else would stop wasteful government spending and reckless tax increases."
For each candidate's views on budget priorities and abortion, see Page 8A .