Incumbent state Rep. Debbie Deere is facing a challenger, Donald G. Terrien, in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary for the 40th District of the Kansas House of Representatives.
Incumbent state Rep. Debbie Deere is facing a challenger, Donald G. Terrien, in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary for the 40th District of the Kansas House of Representatives. The 40th District includes the city of Lansing and a portion of Leavenworth. The two primary candidates answered the same questions from the Leavenworth Times.
Occupation: Business owner/executive director at A Deere Place Childcare & Preschool Center (1993-Present)
Political experience: Kansas House of Representatives-District 40 (2016-Present), USD 469 Board of Education (2011-Present)
Donald G. Terrien
Occupation: Drinking class/working class
Political experience: None
1. Why are you running for the Kansas House of Representatives?
Deere: It is important to be involved in helping my community and my state. While serving in the House, I have never stopped fighting for what is best and what is right for our community. I have done this by collaborating with my constituents, community leaders and my legislative colleagues on both sides of the aisle. I am committed to continuing to work hard and will do so with transparency and integrity.
Terrien: For the past 20 years, nothing has been done to help the working class.They're too busy fighting over schools and the rich tax breaks. Also bringing common sense to Topeka.
2. What do you feel are the most important issues facing the state government?
Deere: On June 30, the state had a positive ending balance of $715 million. Continuing our state on the path to fiscal recovery is crucial. Funding public schools adequately must be a priority, providing additional funding for social service programs in our community and statewide, expanding Medicaid in Kansas to allow 150,000 additional Kansans to receive healthcare services. Continuing to support public safety, including the new Lansing Correctional Facility construction project, supporting infrastructure and creating jobs.
Terrien: Where to start. Whether it's the retirement homes, working class wages and rights. Getting the economy growing to bring in more tax revenue.
3. Why are you the best candidate for the 40th District?
Deere: I am a sixth generation Kansan. I have lived in District 40 for the past 30 years. My experiences, involvement, and commitment to this community and the state of Kansas help me make a difference in the Kansas Legislature. I am dedicated to listening to my constituents and being your voice at the state level. I will continue to work hard for all of us to ensure a better way of life that we all deserve.
Terrien: I am the best candidate, for the fact that none of the candidates for any office in Kansas has done anything for the middle class for the past 20 years. Seems like all they care about is the rich and the schools. There is more to Kansas than that.