ELECTION 2000: State Senate, District 17

James Barnett, Emporia

— Personal: Age 45; wife, Yvonne; two children at home; lived 39 years in Geary County.

— Work history: Physician, 18 years.

— Experience-related qualifications: (1) Emporia Board of Education for eight years, president for four years. (2) Active member of the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce. (3) Practicing physician with two-thirds of practice over age 65.

— Goals & issues: (1) Education. (2) Agriculture. (3) Health.

— “Why should I vote for you?” (1) I have been involved and committed to public and community service throughout my professional life. (2) I have demonstrated my ability and willingness to address difficult issues that face our region. (3) My personal and professional life has been based on trust.

Carissa McKenzie, Chalk

— Personal: Age 47; husband, Greg; lived 13 years in Wabaunsee County.

— Work history: Rancher nine years, farmer five years, public educator 10 years, free-lance writer eight years.

— Experience-related qualifications: (1) Education and travel. (2) Community involvement. (3) Promoting agriculture via radio, print, testimony, lobbying.

— Goals & issues: (1) Lower taxes. (2) Reduce regulation. (3) Restore property rights/individual rights.

— “Why should I vote for you?” (1) I can analyze the past, plan for the future. (2) I will not lose sight of individual rights. (3) I can lead unfailingly.

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