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Get to know your Kansas midterm candidates

By Amelia Vasquez, Staff Writer

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House of Representatives

Steve Watkins, Republican Candidate for The U.S. House of Representatives 2nd Congressional District

Platform:

  • Further secure borders and restrict illegal immigration
  • End Obama’s Affordable Care Act
  • Reject Pro-Choice legislation

“I support Steve Watkins, he is a moderate. I like that he’s an outsider and hasn’t really participated in politics in the past and will uphold most of the Republican party’s agenda but is truly bipartisan and moderate.”

-Vanya Racy, senior

 

Paul Davis, Democrat Candidate for The U.S. House of Representatives 2nd Congressional District

Platform:

  • Supports Medicare
  • Stronger borders
  • Increase public education funding

“I support him mainly because he is a good moderate voice to have in the house, and I don’t jive with Steve Watkins. He doesn’t have the history of civil service that Paul Davis has.”

-Jalyn Banks, senior

 

Kelly Standley, Libertarian Candidate for The U.S. House of Representatives 2nd Congressional District

Platform:

  • Legalize medical marijuana
  • Strengthen the prison industrial complex
  • Uphold the constitution

 

Governor

Kris Kobach, Republican Candidate for Kansas Governor

Platform:

  • Supports voter I.D. laws
  • Lower taxes and regulations for businesses
  • Preserve concealed carry rights and reduce anti-gun legislation

 

Laura Kelly, Democrat Candidate for Kansas Governor

Platform:

  • Expand medicare
  • Protect women’s reproductive rights
  • Invest in infrastructure and rural growth

“I like her policies, like economic policies, because Kobach and other republicans have got us in a place we don’t want to be. Laura Kelly is more supportive of funding and education that will have more economic benefits than just low taxes and low spending from recent administrations.”

-Jalyn Banks

 

Greg Orman, Independent Candidate for Kansas Governor

Platform:

  • Address health care disparities and medicaid expansion
  • Legalize medical marijuana
  • Increase public education spending

“Greg Orman, it’s not necessarily that I like him, it’s that they all suck but I like him most. I can swallow most of his moderate views, except for gun control, but that’s not killer, no pun intended.”

-Vanya Racy

 

Rick Kloos, Independent Candidate for Kansas Governor

Platform:

  • Expand medicaid
  • Expanding pathways to citizenship
  • Pro-life

 

Jeff Caldwell, Libertarian candidate for Kansas Governor

Platform:

  • Legalize marijuana to fund schools and roads
  • Abolish food and water taxes
  • Increase wages       

 

 

About the Writer
Amelia Vasquez, Reporter

I'm the president of SUPER MENSA. I'm the president of Latin Club and of LHS. This is my first year on staff, and next year? I hope to take Ms. Tholen's...

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