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Eagle endorsements: Kansas House Republican primaries

The Kansas Statehouse is bathed in late afternoon light. After nearly 13 years and over $300 million the Kansas Capitol is almost better than new. (January 22, 2014) (January 22, 2014) (January 22, 2014)
The Kansas Statehouse is bathed in late afternoon light. After nearly 13 years and over $300 million the Kansas Capitol is almost better than new. (January 22, 2014) (January 22, 2014) (January 22, 2014) The Wichita Eagle

74th District

Republican

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Schroeder



Don Schroeder, a Hesston farmer, is deserving of his seventh term in the House from this district that covers parts of Harvey, Marion and McPherson counties. Schroeder, 67, is chairman of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Budget committee and is a member of the Agriculture committee, a key committee to representing central Kansas farmers. Schroeder says he generally supports Medicaid expansion, a key difference between he and his opponent. He has run unopposed in the last three elections, but is deserving of returning to Topeka.

Stephen Owens, 40, is a business owner from Hesston who cites the 2017 tax increases as a primary reason for challenging Schroeder. Owens is running on creating, not recruiting, jobs to Kansas and developing the economy from within. Owens says Medicaid expansion, which he opposes, is about allowing more able-bodied residents into entitlement programs that can never be reversed.

There is no Democratic nominee, so the winner of this primary will be the district’s representative.

75th District

Republican

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Good



Mary Martha Good is the choice to return to Topeka for a second term from this northern Butler County district. Good, 63, ran two years ago on turning back the Brownback tax cuts from earlier in the decade. She thinks the Legislature can, without a tax increase, find the money to increase school funding for inflation and come into compliance with the Kansas Supreme Court. Good, a retired educator, was involved in the House as a freshman and is a strong communicator with constituents, earning another term.

Will Carpenter, a small business owner, was the incumbent before losing to Good by 37 votes in 2016. He has also served on the Butler County Commission and Circle school board. Carpenter, 62, supports a constitutional amendment that would take funding oversight from the courts and wants to see more money spent inside the classroom.

There is no Democratic nominee, so the winner of this primary will be the district’s representative.

87th District

Republican

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Jeff Kennedy, candidate house 87th(June 29, 2018) Bo Rader The Wichita Eagle



First-time candidate Jeff Kennedy is the choice to represent this east Wichita district. Kennedy, 68, is a longtime attorney who shares many of the same views as incumbent Roger Elliott, who is retiring. Kennedy thinks the Legislature is in need of moderates and in need of lawyers. He believes lawmakers will approve school funding money next session to bring the Gannon case to an end. Kennedy says an educated and trained workforce is the surest way to grow the Kansas economy. Kennedy would be a good addition in the House to follow Elliott’s only term.

Renee Erickson lost to Carolyn McGinn in a state senate race two years ago. Erickson, a retired educator who served two terms on the Newton school board, moved to Wichita from Walton a year ago. A social and fiscal conservative, Erickson, 54, supports lowering taxes for Kansans combined with reduced spending.

There is no Democratic nominee, so the winner of this primary will be the district’s representative.

93rd District

Republican

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Whitmer



Small-business owner John Whitmer, 50, is the choice in this southwest Sedgwick County district. Whitmer has been one of the most conservative House members during his two terms and wants to lower or eliminate the sales tax on food. He wants to lower income taxes again, which was part of the failed Brownback experiment in Whitmer’s first term, but Whitmer wants to achieve lower taxes by opposing what he calls reckless spending and shrinking state government.

J.C. Moore, 75, has a doctorate in chemistry and is a retired educator, describing himself as a fiscal conservative. He has run unsuccessfully for the House twice in other districts, moving to the 93rd District six months ago.

The winner will face Democratic nominee Clifton Beck in the Nov. 6 general election.

97th District

Republican

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Nick Hoheisel, R-House 97th candidate (June 11, 2018) Jaime Green The Wichita Eagle



Nick Hoheisel gets the endorsement in this southwest Wichita district that looks to replace long-time representative Les Osterman, who is retiring. Hoheisel, 32, a sales and marketing consultant, wants to lower the tax burden on working families, especially the nation’s highest sales tax on food. Hoheisel has experience on his Wichita council District Advisory Board and a homeowner’s association. He would add a sharp, young mind to the House.

Michael Walker, 71, is a self-described right-wing conservative who lists school safety as one of the biggest issues facing lawmakers, suggesting a TSA approach.

The winner will face Democratic nominee Rebecca Jenek in the Nov. 6 general election.

100th District

Republican

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Dan Hawkins, 57, is the choice in seeking his fourth term for this west Wichita district. An employee-benefits consultant, Hawkins was chairman of three House committees in the past legislative session and remains one of the chamber’s most conservative lawmakers. He is in favor of a constitutional amendment taking oversight of K-12 school funding away from the courts. Hawkins strongly supports passing religious freedom legislation and is strongly against passing anti-discrimination protections for sexual orientation and gender identity.

James Breitenbach, 72, is Hawkins’ primary opponent for a second straight time but doesn’t appear to be actively campaigning.

The winner will face Democratic nominee Jennifer Winn in the Nov. 6 general election.

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