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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Incumbent state rep seeking re-election

  • State legislator John Bradford said he's committed to individual freedoms, limited government, and the free market process.
    He's vying for another term in the Kansas House of Representatives to pursue those issues, the 40th District Republican announced this week.
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  • State legislator John Bradford said he's committed to individual freedoms, limited government, and the free market process.
    He's vying for another term in the Kansas House of Representatives to pursue those issues, the 40th District Republican announced this week.
    Bradford, who took office in 2013, is joined in the House race by Leavenworth Democrat Linda Johnson, who announced her candidacy in early March. The candidates on the opposite side of the aisle are the only candidates to file for the 40th District thus far, according to the Secretary of State's Office.
    The 40th District includes all of Lansing and the southern third of Leavenworth.
    In his re-election announcement, the incumbent Bradford said he is "dedicated" to stimulating growth and economic development in Leavenworth County and Northeast Kansas.
    He said he is "proud to run on his record and to talk about the good things accomplished for the citizens of Kansas during the 2013-14 sessions," according to the news release.
    Bradford is a retired Army officer and a graduate of the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth. He has served on the education, Social Services budget, and veterans, military and homeland security committees during his tenure as a legislator.
    His re-election announcement cited legislative activity that benefitted local businesses or agencies.
    Through the Social Services budget committee, he said he obtained $859,000 in additional funding for statewide county health/safety net clinics, including St. Vincent's Clinic in Leavenworth. He also obtained $100,000 in increased funding annually for the statewide Infants and Toddlers Program.
    "The Tiny-K Program in Leavenworth County will directly benefit from this to help qualifying children in the local communities," the news release states.
    Bradford said he also submitted and obtained passage of a bill requiring the state to audit nine school districts each year, and a bill allowing for expansion of microbreweries' brewing capacity.
    The latter, he said, directly effects High Noon Saloon in Leavenworth, allowing for greater production and new job creation.
    Bradford's announcement said the legislator has made a "concerted effort" while in office to "keep the voters, local government officials, and school officials informed on what is happening at the state level."
    The campaign for the 40th District is shaping up to be a rematch of 2012, when Bradford defeated Johnson for the state seat.
    Johnson, a retired social worker, said she believes in investing in education, fiscal responsibility and a common sense, value-based approach to decision making.
    A primary election will be Aug. 5, and the general election is slated for Nov. 4.
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