KVOE's Candidate Profile series continues with the incumbent involved in the most crowded local race -- Peggy Mast of the 76th House District.
Mast is seeking her ninth term in office after she was first elected in 1996. She has risen up the leadership ranks since then, serving as Speaker Pro Tem the past two sessions and previously serving as Assistant Majority Leader.
Mast sees several issues to keep addressing if re-elected, but two keep grabbing headlines: education funding and tax policy. Mast has said lawmakers need to consider changing the funding formula to address equity concerns, but she says the $129 million added this past session goes some way to alleviate those issues.
On income tax policy, another hot-button topic, Mast says federal adjustments in capital gains regulations were the main reason the state's revenue projections have been off the past few months and she says Kansas is showing growth in other areas.
Mast is being challenged in the primary by Coffey County's Jeff Freeman. She wavered on whether to run for re-election twice, once last fall and once again this spring, but says she is in the race to stay after receiving support from her family.
The Mast-Freeman winner faces Democrat Teresa Briggs and independent Bill Otto, both one-time Republicans, in the Nov. 4 general election.