State Senate candidates says he is a Dole Republican
J.C. Tellefson, a former Leavenworth County commissioner who lives in Leavenworth, thinks he better represents the 3rd District of the Kansas Senate, which includes small communities and two college towns, Lawrence and Baldwin City, than his opponent, state Rep. Anthony Brown.
“It’s my job to listen to and represent all the constituents,” Tellefson said. “I think I’m in the best position to do that. And get us further down the road.”
Occupation: Retired Naval officer
Children: Two children, both married.
Religious affiliation: Unity Center of Leavenworth.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Kansas State University. Graduate work completed in business.
Experience: Former Leavenworth County commissioner.
The Republican primary pits Tellefson against Brown, who is from Eudora. Brown was first elected to the House in 2004 from the 38th District. Redistricting has led to the two facing off in the primary, with the winner set to meet Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, in the general election.
Tellefson said he is concerned with the economy, but isn’t sure Gov. Brownback’s income tax cuts, a measure Brown supports, are the way to go.
“It’s going to take unprecedented growth, though, for it to work out,” Tellefson said. “I’m in the position that I’m hopeful. But we need to be prepared. We need to cut spending.”
Asked at a recent candidate forum what kind of Republican he was, Tellefson said he thought he was in line with former Kansas GOP senators Nancy Kassebaum and Bob Dole.
Tellefson said during an interview with The Signal that he read a recent letter to the editor in an area newspaper saying that Ronald Reagan would have trouble getting a nomination in the current political environment because he wouldn’t be in line with Tea Party voters.
Tellefson said he thought Topeka needed more candidates like himself who were willing to work together for the betterment of the state than be divisive. That makes him the better Republican candidate to defeat Holland in the general election, he said.
The newly drawn 3rd Senate District covers parts of Leavenworth and Douglas counties, including Basehor, Tonganoxie, Eudora, Baldwin City and about one-third of Lawrence’s population.
Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at various polling sites. New voter ID laws require that voters present a photo ID when voting. Those without an ID can secure one from the Douglas County Clerk’s Office.
A satellite advanced voting station will be offered 9-1 p.m. Saturday at the Baldwin City Fire Station in downtown Baldwin City.