this list before August 3 and see who their potential candidates are.
U.S. Senate - Kansas
I'll vote for Todd Tiahrt over Jerry Moran, Tom Little, or Bob Londerholm. I have been unable to acquire any information about the latter. On the former two, despite their attack ads, there is very little difference in their voting records. Little has little to distinguish himself from the others. I went with Tiahrt because he went to my alma mater, is of my religious affiliation, and has the greater reputation for character. However, as I felt with many of the Republican options this year, this is the lesser of a few evils. I disagree with both Tiahrt and Moran on Immigration and the War on Everything.
U.S. House - 3rd Kansas District
I'll vote for Dan Gilyeat over Dave King, Garry Klotz, Patricia Lightner, Jerry Malone, Craig McPherson, John Rysavy, and Jean Ann Uvodich. Again, there is so little philosophical difference between the candidates, that it came down to character. Anyone familiar with Gilyeat's story cannot question his undying allegiance to his country, liberty, and moral standards. His desire to deal with the national debt and audit the Fed is also admirable.
I'll vote for Joan Heffington and Mark Holick over Sam Brownback and Jeff Colyer. After reviewing Heffington's many views, I basically support most of her positions. She is interested in untying our legal system, which is the kind of innovative reform more candidates should support. Brownback and Colyer are also men of character, and the primary issue in which I disagree with them, foreign policy, will be removed by them being in a state-level position. I am very bothered though by their non-fiscally conservative desire to increase federal funding for our state colleges.
Secretary of State of Kansas
This is one that bothers me. There's not much to run on here, except "I'll do a better job than the last guy." I am wavering between J.R. Claeys or Libby Ensley over Kris Kobach. Kobach's association with the Arizona immigration law (which mainly hurts legal immigrants) rules him out for me. I'm mainly wanting innovative ideas, and I haven't heard any from these three. Claeys has small business background, and Ensley has election management background, and both are useful. I'll probably side with Ensley's more relevant experience.
Attorney General of Kansas
I'll be supporting Ralph De Zago over Derek Schmidt for Attorney General. Schmidt is a legislator that has passed very tough sentencing laws. While I support the fair punishment of criminals, excessive sentences only clog up the prison system and do not necessarily reduce crime. De Zago seeks to fulfill his constitutionally limited role of supporting local judicial systems. He sees his job as supporting existing laws and law enforcement, no more.
State Treasurer of Kansas
Ron Estes is the only Republican running for Treasurer. He is all about promoting efficiency, which is a goal I can stand behind.
Commisioner of Insurance of Kansas
I'll be supporting David Powell over Sandy Praeger, mainly because of his position that government shouldn't be in the insurance business in the first place, and his active role in reforming insurance policy in Kansas.
Kansas House of Representatives - 43rd District (Gardner and W. Olathe)
Mike Keigerl is the only Republican running. He has my ardent support because he listens to his constituents and stands up against the growing government in Topeka.