Two Republicans running in 42nd District

John Richmeier
Lance W. Neelly

Two Republicans are running for the 42nd District seat in the Kansas House of Representatives.

Incumbent Jim Karleskint is facing challenger Lance W. Neelly in Tuesday’s primary election.

The 42nd District includes the city’s of Easton and Tonganoxie in Leavenworth County and Eudora in Douglas County.

With no Democrats in the race, the Republican primary likely will determine who represents the 42nd District for the next term.

This is the last in a series of profiles of candidates who are running in contested primaries in Leavenworth County. Candidates responded to questions submitted by the Leavenworth Times.

Jim Karleskint

Age: 72

Political experience: Member of the Kansas House of Representatives for four years. Served on K-12 Education Budget Committee, Education Committee, Agriculture Committee and Federal & State Affairs Committee.

Lance W. Neelly

Age: 53

Political experience: I have no political experience other than I ran for this same office last election.

1. Why are you running for the House of Representatives?

Karleskint: I first ran to reverse the Brownback tax experiment. I’m running again because I feel we need someone who will represent the people of the 42nd District in Topeka in an independent manner. I have fought on behalf of our community for a strong economy, fiscal responsibility, better schools and our traditional Kansas values.

Neelly: I have four adult children and would like them to be able to stay and raise their families in Kansas. Taxes and spending are out of control. I have friends and neighbors that say they are in trouble and they have small businesses and those businesses are in trouble.

2. What are the most important issues facing the state government?

Karleskint: Rebuilding our economy and infrastructure. With COVID-19 the economy of Kansas has taken a serious hit. We need to work to stimulate the economy, balance the budget and fund core services.

Neelly: Taxes are the number one issue. And my opponent has admitted there is a huge deficit in the state coffers. His intention will be to “raise taxes” as he has before, from the wallets of the already overtaxed people of Kansas and 42nd District. Schools will be another.

3. Why are you the most qualified candidate for the position?

Karleskint: Having served four years in the Legislature, I understand the issues facing state government. I have over 40 years of real-world experience in problem-solving, balancing a budget and supervising a workforce. I have fought for our country in Vietnam and for the people of the 42nd District.

Neelly: I have been a supervisor for over 30 years. I know how to solve problems. I have worked in high stress situations and am able to continue to get things done. I am not afraid to talk to anyone to get the job done.

Jim Karleskint