Eudora After serving on the Eudora City Commission for 16 years, Tom Pyle is seeking a higher goal a seat in the Kansas Legislature.
Pyle said he received a call earlier this year from David Miller, R-Eudora, who has represented the 43rd District for the last 10 years. Miller announced that he was seeking the lieutenant governorship and encouraged Pyle to run for the 43rd District seat in the Kansas House.
"I feel the time is right and it's something I always wanted to do," Pyle said recently. "I feel that every person owes a debt back to the community and this is how I feel comfortable serving."
Pyle, 61, was born and raised in Kansas City, Kan. He moved to Eudora 32 years ago after marrying a Eudora native, the former Alberta Schopper. They have seven grown children and 14 grandchildren.
As owner of Pyle Meat Co. for 31 years, Pyle says he has vast experience with handling a budget and dealing with the public. He also has served on the board of the Visiting Nurses' Assn. and County Social Services and is active in the Holy Family Church.
"MY LENGTH of time in business here, my length of time on the city council and almost 40 years of marriage that shows stability," Pyle said. "I think people are looking for someone with stability. I see things through to completion."
The key issue in this election is finding a solution to the state's property tax situation, Pyle said, echoing the views of his opponent, Judith Macy of DeSoto.
Although he prefers not to disclose specific ideas for solving the state's tax problem until after the election, Pyle has suggested a sales tax on services to defer property tax and developing a new method for appraising homes, particularly those in rural areas.
Sales tax is charged on some services, such as automobile maintenance, but not on others, such as cutting hair, he said.
"I think if they're going to charge sales tax on a service, they should charge sales tax on all of them," Pyle said, adding that he would exempt medical care and other services that could hit elderly or low-income individuals disproportionately.
OTHER ISSUES he considers top priorities include state financing of schools, prison reform, health insurance costs and social services.
Pyle has stated a pro-life position on the abortion issue, and has said he would support a law requiring that parents be notified before their minor daughter had an abortion.