Politics & Government

Two from Andover file to challenge Sen. Ty Masterson

Troy Tabor, Andover City Council member, is running for the Kansas Senate.
Troy Tabor, Andover City Council member, is running for the Kansas Senate. Courtesy photo

Republican Sen. Ty Masterson is facing two Republican challengers for his seat in Andover.

Andover City Council member Troy Tabor and Andover school board member Marci Fugarino are running for the seat. Tabor announced his campaign Thursday, and Fugarino filed for the seat in April, according to Secretary of State records.

Masterson is the Senate’s budget chairman. He was first elected to the seat in 2008.

“I am filing for re-election to continue working to streamline government processes, implement common sense efficiencies, and to keep government spending within its means, focused on constitutional core functions,” Masterson said in an emailed statement.

Tabor was elected to the Andover City Council five years ago after serving for a year on the city’s planning commission.

“I’m running for the state Senate because I believe that we’ve lost our way – our focus has changed in our state from what it has been historically,” Tabor said.

“Kansas is historically known as a place for good, hardworking people making their lives better for themselves and their families. Education is a key part of that and education funding is a piece of that. From what I’ve seen coming from the governor, we need common sense solutions for funding and infrastructure.”

A self described “nerd,” Tabor is a web developer and has a company, LogoLounge.com. He also freelances and invests in startups. He attended Southwestern College in Winfield.

As a City Council member, Tabor said he has been active in increasing communication between the Andover City Council, Chamber of Commerce and school board.

He has worked on the city’s long-term strategic plan and serves as a member of the Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Committee.

Tabor was a Sunday school teacher at East Heights United Methodist Church for 15 years. He has a wife and two children.

Fugarino did not return calls for comment.

Kelsey Ryan: 316-269-6752, @kelsey_ryan