Steve Sauder is president of Emporia's Radio Stations, Inc. the owners of KVOE-AM 1400, Country 101.7 and Mix 104.9. Steve has been in a leadership position with ERS, Inc., since 1987.
Next Tuesday Kansas holds its Primary Election. Locally we have three races with multiple candidates asking for your support. If you are not registered to vote you won't need to listen to the rest of my thoughts. If you are registered you can vote now or wait and go to the polls next Tuesday.
KVOE does not endorse candidates, but at times I share with listeners who I am supporting and why.
The race to replace Peggy Mast in the 76th House District has two Democrats running: Teresa Briggs and Kelly Atherton. I supported Teresa Briggs two years ago when she opposed Representative Mast and I still believe she will be an excellent representative.
Don Hill’s retirement was hastened by the knowledge that Mark Schreiber was willing to replace him. I'm not sure how a candidate could have a better endorsement?
Mark's Republican opponents - Steve Pearson and Dr. Matthew Shepherd - are both good people and under different circumstances excellent choices, but given the mess we have in Kansas we need Schreiber’s experience.
Schreiber's job representing the interests of Westar in Topeka gives him a giant leg up. He not only already knows the issues and the people in the statehouse he understand how things get done in the legislature. We are lucky Mark is available!
The third contested race is to represent the big First District of Kansas in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Tim Huelskamp won a large primary six years ago and has been re-elected twice. He has kept his campaign promises by voting against everything, not supporting any new taxes, being a staunch supporter of the 2nd Amendment and has been Pro Life as is possible.
Unfortunately Representative Huelskamp's history of not getting along with leadership raised its ugly head again in Washington. The First District is highly reliant on agriculture. It was perfect when Rep. Huelskamp landed a seat on the powerful Agriculture Committee. BUT, when he got cross ways with House leadership he unbelievably got kicked off this very important committee. He remains off the Agriculture committee!
Not being on the Ag Committee makes Huelskamp expendable in this district according to Kansas Farm Bureau and the Kansas Livestock Association both of whom have endorsed his opponent.
Roger Marshall from Great Bend is a respected doctor and a good choice to replace Huelskamp. Marshall is every bit as conservative as Huelskamp, but has the common sense to know when to speak and when to listen. Dr. Marshall who also has a solid farming background will be appointed to the Agriculture Committee a privilege Huelskamp squandered.
We have an opportunity to be represented by someone who will not only get along with the leaders in Washington; he may well become a leader - something Representative Tim Huelskamp will never accomplish - never!
Dr. Roger Marshall is an easy choice here.
Here’s hoping you have a vote and that you will use it.
I’m Steve Sauder
In the Big First District we have a heated primary election contest for the Republican nomination between the incumbent Tim Huelskamp and novice politician Dr. Roger Marshall.
This is already a nasty/dirty race. Let’s take a look at what they are saying about each other.
Huelskamp is attacking Marshall for suggesting a tax on internet purchases; flip flopping on his abortion position and for being a “law breaker” in an advertisement that he has run on this station accusing Marshall of driving away from an accident.
Marshall has to own the tax comment since it came in a debate. He claims he is pro-life which matches the Congressman so he might be guilty of a flip or a flop. The leaving the scene ad is pretty flimsy. Marshall was in an encounter with an unhappy citizen supposedly over a lost bid at the local hospital. After the confrontation Marshall did plead guilty to a misdemeanor traffic charge, but he was not charged with leaving the scene even though that’s what the Huelskamp ad suggests.
Candidate Marshall suggests Huelskamp uses public money for campaign purposes. Maybe, but that’s really the advantage of being a third term incumbent. They claim Huelskamp voted against funding to fight Isis and for pay increases for soldiers at Ft. Riley. The record on these is clear. Most important and factual are the claims that our congressman got himself removed from both the Agriculture and Budget Committees. Huelskamp claims he will be re-seated on the Ag committee, but a lot of damage has already been done.
My belief is the time is right for a change. Huelskamp has had six years to show his worth, but what he has mainly shown is an ability to put himself in conflict with leadership and have an amazing inability to compromise or get along.
It appears to me this kind of belligerent attitude is exactly why the American public has such a low opinion of our congress.
Roger Marshall is a rookie, but he has an impressive background. Not only is he a successful doctor - he also has farming on his resume.
The Primary is August the second and once again we in Kansas have a chance to change. Please don’t miss this opportunity.
I’m Steve Sauder