Earlier this evening we introduced you to the two people running for the Kansas House of Representatives out of the Third District. Both incumbent Democrat Monica Murnan and challenger Republican Terry Calloway have experience in the State House, and say that’s given them the experience needed to work on the issues facing the state.
State Representative Monica Murnan says she feels like she has unfinished business in Topeka. She says part of that unfinished business centers on education, and how the state is going to pay for it.
“We have got to give local boards of education direction on where we’re going, what they can do to plan to best meet their kids’ needs. It is imperative, and we have to include in any planning what we’re going to do about higher ed. We have left higher ed behind,” says Monica Murnan.
Her challenger, Republican Terry Calloway is no stranger to the state house, having served two years himself in 2011 and 2012. He says to address education funding, it’s going to take everyone coming together.
“It has to be equitable to both the taxpayer and the students and teachers, and how I would go about doing that, it’s certainly having consensus among both parties, but certainly that’s well represented among both parties,” says Terry Calloway.
Calloway says another major issue facing the state is funding, and how to go about raising it.
“The need for additional money for education, the need for additional money for Medicaid and Medicaid expansion, the need for additional money on all levels, transportation,” says Calloway.
But he says adding more taxes isn’t the answer to getting that money. Murnan says if sent back to Topeka, she’s looking forward to working on a couple of issues, including education funding.
“We also going to have to address what we do with Medicaid expansion in the state of Kansas as an economic development driver for our small rural hospitals and physicians,” says Murnan.
Voters will choose between Murnan and Calloway at the general election, scheduled for Tuesday, November 6th.