"I am running for the office being vacated by our current Representative, Doug Gatewood. I have decided to run for the office again this year due to the fact that the last race was so very close. The future of our part of South East Kansas is unwritten. We have many challenges to face to bring Industry and jobs back to our district. With your support, I would like to be part of the change that brings prosperity back to our area through strong leadership.

"I have lived in Cherokee County since I was in the first grade, and live on property that has been in my family for 150 years. I graduated from Columbus Unified High School in 1977. I chose not to go on to college, and have worked hard to earn a living using my hands and skills. I have been employed in the construction industry for over thirty years now, having been a self-employed contractor for eight of those. I am currently employed by Crossland Construction as a project estimator, and have been in that position for five years.

"I have several engagements in the coming weeks, including the county fair, and wholeheartedly invite you to come to one and visit with me. I look forward to meeting each and every one of you and making some new friends as well. You will see that I am a simple man, that I believe common sense should be applied in government, that I speak what is on my mind, and that I do not pretend to be anything that I am not. I want you to know that I am genuine, and want nothing but the best for our area and the people who live here. Please feel free to contact me at any time."