Republican Cheryl Green has announced her candidacy to be the next representative of the 70th District of the Kansas House of Representatives.
She will challenge Rep. Bob Brookens, Marion, in the Aug. 3 Republican primary.
Green lives on a small farm near Rosalia with her husband, Gerard, and her two children. She is a fourth-generation Kansan and has lived in Kansas most of her life.
Green said she is familiar with the challenges facing Kansas families and businesses.
?I?ve owned my own business for almost 25 years, so I understand the challenges facing the small business owners in this economy.
?I never even considered running for public office,? she added, ?until Kansas became less taxpayer-friendly and the Kansas Legislature started to spend money that Kansas does not have and currently can?t afford. We?re passing a legacy of debt on to our children and grandchildren.?
She said difficult fiscal decisions still are required in Topeka. ?The last couple of years of liberal tax-and-spend policy in Topeka have led to a budget deficit and a stagnant economy.?
?Our current representative voted for the second-largest tax increase in state history this year, and for a state budget that is out of balance and fiscally irresponsible.?
Green said tax increases and bloated budgets are not the recipe for economic growth in Kansas. She believes money dedicated for public education must be spent more efficiently with a greater percentage directed to the classroom.
Green has been endorsed by Don Dahl, former representative for the 70th district.
?I believe Cheryl Green is more attuned to the social and fiscal conservative values of the people of the 70th district than our current representative, and probably better understands the financial struggles and the sacrifices of the average working family and small business in their efforts to balance their budgets,? Dahl said.