By Carl and Willynda Holmes
On Tuesday, Aug. 5, we will vote for Shannon Francis for State Representative, 125th District. Since no Democrats has filed, the election is over in the Republican Primary that day.
Primaries usually have a low turnout. We urge you to get out and vote for the person best suited to serve as “our voice in Topeka,” Shannon Francis.
The key to making a difference in Topeka is seniority and establishing integrity and trust with other members. This takes time. A self-imposed term limit hurts Western Kansas. Reid Petty believed in term limits, and Jim Rice has stated he also supports term limits. We no longer have enough votes in Western Kansas to make much of a difference. Traditionally, we have made up that difference through seniority, leadership and committee chairmanships.
At this time, the Speaker of the House and the Majority Leader are from Johnson County, There are no committee chairmen from Western Kansas in the Kansas House. From our viewpoint, this is a crisis.
During the debate on July 15, Shannon said he wanted to be in place with some seniority and influence when a new highway program is written in six years.
Shannon gets it.
When Shannon talks about wanting to make a difference, Willynda said his face lights up, and she sees the passion and commitment she saw in Carl’s face over the years.
When we talk to Shannon, we see a self-made successful businessman wanting to help his community and willing to make a long-term commitment to public service to gain that influence.
We are voting for Shannon Francis and plan to support his continued service in Topeka. Please join us in this very important decision.