Tony is a West Wichita husband, father and lawyer. His wife, Rebecca, works for the Red Cross and his children, James and Kara, attend Maize public schools. He attended St. Elizabeth, graduated from Northeast Magnet High and then earned a bachelor’s in political science from Kansas State University. After graduating from Washburn University School of Law, he worked as a landman throughout Western Kansas and then moved to Utah to practice oil and gas law. Upon returning to Kansas, he resumed his work in the oil patch as a landman and lawyer.
The recent downturn in the petroleum industry left him with a little more time to contemplate the state of the State… and it is not good. No longer content with fuming while reading political articles on the internet or yelling at the radio or television, Tony has decided to get off the couch and do something constructive for the state of Kansas by joining the State Senate as a Democrat. That’s why he would appreciate your vote on November 8, 2016
Tony's 3-2-1 Plan
3 Independent Branches of Government
Kansas must have an accountable and forthright legislature – one that is willing to correct mistakes and be honest about the numbers.
Kansas must have a governor that is committed to faithful execution of the laws of the state – not to foolishly delivering data for questionable economic experiments.
Kansas must have an independent and fully funded judiciary – not a subservient bench under threat of impeachment for the crime of doing their jobs.
2 Competitive Political Parties (at least)
Kansas must have competitive elections in every race and in every place. Competition produces the best results on the playing field, in the market and in voting booth. If one company, or team, or party, is always dominant, then there is no incentive for anyone to achieve, let alone excel.
There is nothing more American than a fair fight. Uncontested elections tempt leaders to try to break their own rules once in office, and then count on their dominance at the polls to protect them from consequences. There’s only one way to stop them: VOTE.
1 Government that serves all Kansans equally
Regardless of race, color, creed, gender, orientation, nationality, or residence. Rural or urban, black or white, male or female, gay or straight, we’re all equal under the law.
First and foremost, this means that every student in every district has the right to a quality education. While it should be up to each community to decide exactly how to deliver it, the State has a constitutional obligation to support each child equitably. The very first Kansas Constitution demanded it, the revisions made fifty years ago demanded it, and we must hold our elected officials accountable to deliver it.
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