Health care, property taxes, illegal immigration and education are the issues most discussed by the three candidates for the 10th District House seat.
Incumbent Tom Holland, a Baldwin Democrat, said if re-elected he would reintroduce a three-year pilot program giving uninsured small-business employees access to the state-employee health plan.
Franklin County Commissioner Roy Dunn, an Ottawa Republican, said he would focus on assuring that Kansas taxpayers don't pick up the tab for ever-higher Medicaid bills as federal contributions decrease.
Robert Garrard, an Edgerton Libertarian, said he would showcase his Libertarian ideals of eliminating state income and property taxes.
Holland and Dunn said they wanted to freeze property taxes for the elderly. But Holland would make it permanent for seniors in certain income groups while Dunn would defer higher assessments for all seniors over 65 until their property was sold.
Garrard said he wants government out of education and medical coverage. He also supports tighter restrictions on immigration.
Holland and Dunn agreed jobs were being taken from legal U.S. residents by illegal immigrants. They both support eliminating in-state university tuition rates for illegal immigrants.
Holland, who has $30,000 to draw from for this campaign, said he also wants to reintroduce a bill to increase state penalties on employers who hire illegal immigrants.
While Holland touted his support for a $600 million House plan for K-12 education, Dunn said that was too costly.
Dunn, a farmer, said he supported a $466 million, three-year school funding compromise approved by lawmakers in the last session.
Garrard, who is spending less than $500 on his campaign, said he would like to replace government-run education with a system run by private companies and nonprofit organizations.
Dunn said he has self-funded his campaign with $10,000.
The 10th District in Douglas and Franklin counties includes parts of Lawrence and Ottawa and all of Baldwin and Wellsville.