Mike Griswold and Pat Proctor are running for the 41st District seat in the Kansas House of Representatives.
The 41st District includes much of the city of Leavenworth. The district is an open seat this year. The district currently is represented by state Rep. Jeff Pittman, but he is running for the state Senate this year.
Early voting has started. Election Day is Nov. 3.
The Leavenworth Times asked Griswold and Proctor the same questions. Here are their responses.
Political party: Democratic
Political experience: Elected to Leavenworth City Commission in November 2017. Served as city commissioner, 2018, and mayor pro-tem in 2019. Serving as Leavenworth mayor in 2020. Co-chairman of Leavenworth County Mental Health Task Force in 2019.
Political party: Republican
Occupation: Business owner
Political experience: I’m not a politician. I’m a business owner. My wife and I own Baan Thai, with locations in Leavenworth, Lawrence and Manhattan. I’m also a veteran. I served 25 years, including tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Why are you running for the Kansas House of Representatives?
Griswold: I care deeply about Leavenworth and want to take my skill set and experience to Topeka to serve our community, and fight for issues that improve the quality of life of all citizens.
Proctor: Our town is dying. Businesses are closing. Our neighbors who can afford to are leaving. And now our hospital has closed. I’m running to bring jobs and opportunity back to Leavenworth – before it’s too late.
What are the most important issues facing the state government?
Griswold: Ensuring access to affordable health care, fully funding public schools, focusing on COVID-19 recovery and prioritizing small businesses to help our economy bounce back quickly and safely, and securing funds for a new Centennial Bridge.
Proctor: We need to get Kansas back to work, get property taxes under control and pass the Value Them Both Amendment to protect common-sense restrictions on abortion like no taxpayer funding and parental notification for teens.
Why are you the most qualified candidate for the position?
Griswold: Skill set, built over four decades, in leadership, problem-solving and program management. Public service began 2009 when appointed president, Fort Leavenworth Board of Education, and continues to this day as Leavenworth mayor.
Proctor: Politicians talk about creating jobs, but I’ve actually done it. We need to send someone to Topeka who’s owned and run a business if we want to bring jobs and opportunity back to Leavenworth.