Brookens files for 2nd term in Topeka

Bob Brookens, state representative for the 70th District from Marion, has filed for re-election.

?Since I had made up my mind to run for re-election, I thought I might as well file while I was here in Topeka,? Brookens said in a Monday news release.

During his first term, Brookens served on the committees on Education, Judiciary and Correc?tions and Juvenile Justice.

He also was part of a group that worked to cut spending while trying to protect the state?s most vulnerable citizens. Brookens said the effort also achieved a more solid funding base for the budget.

?The feedback I got throughout the district indicated an urgency to cut spending, but not to the extent it would harm elderly Kansans, children and disabled people,? he said. ?Many folks even volunteered for a raise in the sales tax, particularly if it would hold property taxes down.?

Brookens has been known for his weekly column printed in newspapers throughout the district, keeping residents informed of events and issues facing the legislature each session.

?I have enjoyed writing the column, and I?ve truly appreciated all the feedback from folks in the district, with suggestions for savings, as well as input on issues facing us in Topeka,? he said.

Brookens said next year?s budget challenge could be nearly as difficult as this year?s, and he hopes the legislature will look at all programs, prioritizing those that are essential to Kansans? core values and cutting those that can be pared down.

Brookens said this was something he had advocated for in his 2008 campaign, but the legislature has not yet taken up. Brookens said he welcomes comments and suggestions for the next session on programs that need fixing or cutting.

The first-term representative is being challenged for the seat by Cheryl Green of Rosalia.

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