Jesse Bryant

Party: Libertarian
Age: 24
Residence: Galva
Family: Single
Experience: U.S. Army for four years, in the infantry, deployment to Iraq in 2008 and Afghanistan in 2011
Education: Canton-Galva High School graduate, currently enrolled at Hutchinson Community College
What do you think differentiates you from your opposition?
Our philosophies are different, and we are different in our practical approach to leadership. Personally I don’t like politics, and I recognize government for what it really is: a system of acquiring, controlling and maintaining material. The bigger the government, the more material it will hoard and the poorer the common man will be. If Americans want to be free, they must
stop the material and financial conquest of government, which can only be done by removing materialistic men from leadership. Material gain is not my mission in politics, and that is the biggest difference between me and my opposition.
What would be your views on governance and financial support of education in the state?
It’s expensive and ineffective. Last year Kansas spent about $12,000 per student overall. By that rate, a 12-year public education would cost more than $144,000 per student. Ask yourselves where that money comes from neighbors. Only a very wealthy family could spend that much on one child’s schooling. Not to mention the lackluster achievement scores. Home-schooled children perform much better with much less. I advise you to cut overhead costs, and grade the teachers’ results in the same fashion that you grade students. Hold them accountable and if they fail, fire them like you would fire any other shoddy workman.
What is your position on taxes?
They are too high, and not representative. I say exempt anyone from paying taxes who earns less than $35,000 a year. I also think that business owners with fewer than 20 employees should be tax exempt. That’s an easy way to help the poor and the middle class. Of course some fools will complain about budget cuts, but I don’t believe in funding programs that show no worthwhile results. If it‘s not efficient, then why pay for it? Big governments are colossal failures, and they add nothing but extra stress the lives of average people.
What as a legislator would you do to promote job growth and grow the Kansas economy?
I would legalize hemp farming and production. Then I would legalize the private distilling and sale of alcohol. I would give full tax exemption to anyone who starts a small farm or a local grocery market. Then I would take $20 million from the gaming fund and offer it as a reward to anyone who develops a cheap and efficient alternative fuel, along with modified engines to run on it. The conditions would be that the schematics and methods would become public domain and no patents or copyrights would be granted to the developers or any other party.

Jay Emler

Party: Republican
Age: 63
Residence: Lindsborg
Family: I have been married to Lorraine for 42 years. She is a registered nurse. We have two grown children.
Education: Bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate, Bethany College in Lindsborg; Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification, Hutchinson Community College; J.D., University of Denver College of Law; Master’s degree in Homeland Security and Defense, Naval Postgraduate School
Experience: Attorney, 35 years; Operates small family farm at our home in Lindsborg; Works on Homeland Security projects for the Kansas National Guard; Former Vice President/General Counsel for Kansas Cellular; Former municipal judge in Lindsborg; Former feed mill operator/service station attendant for Farmers Union Elevator in Lindsborg
What do you think differentiates you from your opposition?
Experience, including as a small business owner, a farmer, an attorney, a homeowner, a legislator, and a father.
What would be your views on governance and financial support of education in the state?
I think there is always room for improvement when it comes to identifying cost-savings and efficiencies. However, I do not support cutting state funding for our local schools. More cuts on the state level would drive up our local property taxes and diminish the importance of education in our state.
What is your position on taxes?
A balance between sales, property and income tax is the most fiscally responsible approach to funding our schools, roads, senior services and other infrastructure needs. Kansas currently has one of the highest property tax rates in the country. We must look at ways to reduce the property tax burden on businesses, families and seniors.
What as a legislator would you do to promote job growth and grow the Kansas economy?
I support a targeted approach to job growth that includes a balanced tax structure, resources for entrepreneurs, and reducing red tape for business owners. This year, I helped develop and promote a plan that would focus on job growth in emerging high-paying sectors like technology, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals.