Candidates to square off for open Senate seat
Roger Pine and Richard Rodewald are two of the candidates who will square off in Tuesday's Republican primary for the 3rd District seat in the state Senate, which represents Baldwin City. The other two are Connie O'Brien, Tonganoxie, and Chuck Quinn of Perry.
Pine, 64, is a long-time Lawrence agri-businessman and is an owner of Pine Family Farms Grass & Grain. Rodewald, 68, Eudora, has run for office several times in the past and is also involved in agriculture, as well as other interests.
Jan Justice or Edward Sass will be their Democratic opponent. Incumbent Bob Lyon, a Republican from Winchester, didn't seek re-election. That's what first caught Rodewald's eye.
"When I read that he was resigning the post, I signed up," said Rodewald, a 1954 graduate of Baldwin High School, who also has two degrees from the University of Kansas.
Over the years he has also been involved with state politics, especially taxation matters, and has worked in Topeka as a lobbyist. He thinks that experience serves him well.
"I have experience in solving problems," said Rodewald. "I think the legislature spent more money than they should have. I want to sit on the tax committee and the ag committee. I know all of the people around the statehouse better than anyone in the state."
Pine also has experience that he feels puts him in the position to serve. He was on the Lawrence school board from 1976 to 1984. One of his biggest interests in running is because he has five grandchildren.
"I'd like to do something to help Kansas be a little better place to grow up in," said Pine.
The senate district includes a portion of Lawrence, Baldwin, Eudora, Jefferson County and Basehor, Easton, Linwood and Tonganoxie in Leavenworth County. The other two candidates for the post couldn't be reached for comment.