John Barker, 60, of Abilene was in Marion Monday to talk about why he would be the best choice in representing the people of the newly reformulated 70th District.
Also tossing his hat into the race is Doug Lindahl, 62, of Enterprise. Both men will be vying for the Kansas House of Representatives seat during the Aug. 7 primary, following Rep. Bob Brookens decision not to seek re-election.
Barker, a farmer, retired Eighth Judicial District judge and U.S. Army veteran, spoke to a group of Marion residents at Country Lakes Cafe during lunch and later introduced himself to members of the Marion City Council at its meeting.
“No wonder you guys beat us in swim meets,” he said, “what an aquatic center you have.”
During a tour through the city, Barker also said he was impressed with the Performing Arts Center.
He and his wife, Jessica, have been married for 30 years and have two children, John, a businessman in Dallas, Texas, and Jessica, a May graduate from Fort Hays State University.
Barker said he believes the state needs to creat jobs and opportunities, have a smarter and more efficient state government and he believes strong families, traditional values and education are the keys to the success of Kansas children.
“If I am elected,” he said, “I will be in Marion County as much as you need me and sometimes maybe even more than you need me.”
Although he has e-mail, he said he prefers to have face-to-face contact.
“It’s time to end the political games and focus on creating opportunities so that our families can thrive and continue to call Kansas home,” he said.