In less than a month, Kansas voters will decide who they’re sending to Topeka for the next legislative session. And in the Third District for the State House of Representatives, both candidates say they have the experience needed to get the job done.
The third district for the state House takes in a portion of Crawford County, including Pittsburg. And unlike some races, where one or both candidates may be new to the scene, both candidates have experience in the state House. The seat is currently held by Democrat Monica Murnan, who is finishing her first term in office.
Meanwhile her challenger, Republican Terry Calloway has also served one term in the state House. And both say they got involved in politics because they wanted to make a difference.
“It’s a humbling experience to be able to serve an entire community, and especially when I drive three hours or so to get there, and realize I am the voice for a whole lot of people,” says Monica Murnan.
Democrat Monica Murnan is finishing her first term in office as the state representative from the Third District, and says the past two years have taught her some lessons.
“I really like policy, and I believe policy at the state level is what gives communities the infrastructure to move forward to meet their own needs,” says Monica Murnan.
Murnan is being challenged by Republican Terry Calloway, who himself is no stranger to Topeka. Calloway served one term as the District Three state representative in 2011 and 2012. He says it was a desire to serve that got him involved.
“It’s our responsibility as a citizen legislature to serve our country and our state,” says Terry Calloway.
Calloway says his first term in office gave him the experience to be successful.
“I served on the Education Committee, I served on the Health and Human Services Committee, and I served on the Tax Committee,” says Calloway.
Meanwhile, Murnan says the committee work she’s done in Topeka has helped prepare her for the issues facing the state.
“Children and seniors, where we looked at issues regarding foster care and nursing homes, I served on health and human services, and after the first year was lucky enough to be named ranking minority leader on that committee, which is very unusual for a freshman, so I’m very honored,” says Murnan.
While Calloway has been out of office since 2012, he says he still possesses some key knowledge that can help him if he’s elected.
“I’ve written legislation and I know what it takes to get legislation passed, and it certainly does take a lot of work, but I’ve got the experience of knowing the ins and outs of the system and how to get it to work,” says Calloway.
Coming up tonight on KSN local news at ten, we’ll take a look what each candidate says is the most important issue facing the state, and what they plan to do if elected to office.