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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Candidate profile: Von Peterson

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  • Position: House of Representatives - 73rd District
    Age: 55
    Education: Graduated from McPherson High School and attended Pratt Community College.
    Occupation: Small business owner– SMR Memorials
    Experience: Small business owner and operator for 17 years; served on local non-profit boards.
    What differentiates you from other candidates?
     I bring to this race my life experience of building a business from nothing while raising my five children as a single parent. I understand how important it is to bring more and better jobs to the area, build better schools for our children, and make McPherson County a place where people want to live and raise their families. It is very important that we retain our low property tax rates. I fear that actions undertaken by the legislature are a threat to our community.
    What would you do to address state shortfalls in revenue?
     The first thing I would do is look closely at the disastrous economic policies of Gov. Brownback and Rep. Mason. Both promised their agenda would bring an economic boom to Kansas; instead, we are losing jobs and facing massive budget shortfalls. Brownback wants even more tax cuts, but it’s time for him to realize we’re in a hole and to stop digging. Unlike Rep. Mason, I won’t support Brownback’s drive to bankrupt the state.
    What tax policy do you support?
    I support the long-held policy of the three-legged stool of property, income and sales taxes. A balanced approach to each will keep Kansas growing while providing the support necessary for good highways, excellent schools and quality care for our elderly in nursing homes.
    What would you do to support job growth in the state?
    We must continue to develop the existing industries we have while encouraging new ones.
    The ongoing expansion of NCRA and Hospira are very positive signs for our community.
    Agriculture will continue to play a vital role in our area, so it is very important that the recent budget disaster not cause local property taxes to increase. McPherson County’s economic development should not be sacrificed so that Gov. Brownback can lavish huge tax cuts on his wealthy friends.
    What are your views on the governance and financial support of education in the state?
    The shuttering of Marquette’s school should be a warning sign to everyone in the area that our schools are under siege.
    Our schools are the key to the future and our greatest asset. Without a quality education, children are economically less productive as adults. I am a strong believer that we must adequately fund education so we can build a bright future for McPherson County.

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