The race for the Kansas House in District 81 features Republican incumbent Pete DeGraaf and Democratic newcomer Zach Ketteman.
DeGraaf was appointed to the seat, which represents southern Sedgwick County and the northeast corner of Sumner County, after longtime Rep. Ted Powers died in May 2008. He was re-elected that November.
DeGraaf, a 53-year-old financial counselor, said the state must learn to live within its means, and that every program should be analyzed and prioritized.
Ketteman, a 21-year-old student at Wichita State University, said he is frustrated with the way the state is run. He advocates lowering taxes and spending. Among his ideas: cut pay for state employees by 3 to 5 percent or shorten the work week and eliminate overtime. He proposes a minimum 20 percent pay cut for legislators.
For more on the candidates' stances, turn to Page 7A .