Monte Shadwick, a candidates seeking the congressional seat held by Jerry Moran, was hosted by Joyce Barkman of Hillsboro at a Jan. 20 luncheon at the Milk & Honey Bed and Breakfast, three miles east of Hillsboro.
Eighteen people attended the ?meet and greet? to learn more about Shadwick, the 50-year-old former mayor of Salina, and his political views.
Moran is leaving Congress run for the U.S. Senate seat occupied by Sam Brown?back, who is running for governor.
Shadwick spoke of his experience with Moran from 2004-08 and as mayor of Salina. He said considers himself an entrepreneur, being a small business owner and local developer.
?I pledge to control runaway spending and public debt growth that endangers future generations,? he said.
He indicated he would support term limits and Fair Tax legislation; affordable and accessible health care in; protecting human life, beginning at conception; and expanding domestic energy production to end the country?s reliance on foreign oil.
Joining Shadwick in the race for Moran?s First District seat are Republicans Jim Barnett of Emporia, current state senator and a 2006 nominee for governor; Sue Boldra, a college instructor from Hays; Tim Huelskamp, state senator and farmer from Fowler; Tracey Mann, a real estate broker from Salina; and Rob Wasinger of Cottonwood Falls, ex-chief of staff to Brownback and an ex-gubernatorial aide.
The Democratic candidate is Alan Jilka of Salina, former three-term Salina mayor.