Gregory, Barnhart to square off in GOP primary
Although there’s mudslinging and massive campaigns in some primary elections, it’s been a quiet one for TerriLois Gregory and Scott Barnhart.
Gregory, of Baldwin City, and Barnhart, Ottawa, are squaring off Tuesday for the Republican nomination for the 10th District House of Representative seat currently held by Rep. Tony Brown, D-Baldwin City. The winner of Tuesday’s vote will face Brown in the November general election.
Unlike the Jerry Moran vs. Todd Tiahrt slugfest for the Republican Senate seat, the Gregory-Barnhart race hasn’t garnered much attention. And the candidates actually agree on the biggest problem facing the state. That would be the budget.
“The budget will be the number one issue addressing the legislature when it convenes next January,” said Barnhart, who was born, raised and lives in Franklin County, where he raises cattle north of Ottawa. “If we do not get the $130 million in Federal Medicaid money, we will already be in the hole that much before the budget year is up.
“We are all going to have to make a few sacrifices, so I will start by saying I will volunteer to go to the Statehouse and serve district 10,” he said. “I do not need retirement or health care, either, just the per diem to get back and forth and run an office. I am by no means a rich man, but the farm is slow that time of year and I’m usually just cutting lots of wood.”
Gregory, who is a legislative aide in Topeka and has lived in Baldwin City since 2007, points to jobs, as well.
“The legislature needs to live within its means, as Kansas families do,” said Gregory. “Reasonable state spending and lower taxes are the keys to creating an environment that attracts small businesses and creates jobs. We have already lost 38,600 jobs from March 2009 to March 2010, but the public sector has added 1,000 jobs. This is not sustainable when the private sector pays for the public sector. Creating private sector jobs is the key to being able to sustain funding for services and education.”
For more information on the candidates, their websites can be found at www.GregoryForKsRep.com and www.scottjamesbarnhart.com.