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McKinney, Estes facing off Tuesday in Kansas state treasurer’s race

October 27, 2010

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2010 Kansas Elections: State Treasurer

Dennis McKinney and Ron Estes are running for Kansas State Treasurer.

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Although incumbent state Treasurer Dennis McKinney was not elected to the post, he is no stranger to being a candidate for office.

He served nine terms as a state legislator before being appointed treasurer by former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius in 2009 to replace then-Treasurer Lynn Jenkins after Jenkins was elected to the U.S. House.

He believes voters will return him to the office when they go to the polls on Nov. 2.

“We are proud of what we’ve accomplished in just one year,” said McKinney, who set out with three goals for the year.

“Number one, we knew we had a tough year and had to be more efficient and had to cut costs,” McKinney said. “We wanted to be as innovative and creative as possible, and, third, we wanted to do whatever we could to create jobs with the programs we had.”

One of those programs was the Kansas Housing Loan Deposit Program.

It provides qualified builders and developers in Kansas access to $60 million in low-interest loans to finance housing development. Originally, it wasn’t being used.

“The usage is starting to come up, which means we are linking our banking projects directly to construction loans, which means more construction activities, more jobs and on our side it means more sales, income tax revenues,” McKinney said.

During a brown bag luncheon Oct. 19 on the Kansas University campus, McKinney discussed several state programs including the Unclaimed Property Program and Learning Quest, the state’s education savings program.

He hopes to expand upon those programs in the future but before those goals are realized, McKinney will face off against his Republican challenger, Ron Estes.

Estes currently serves as Sedgwick County treasurer. He initially was elected to that office in 2004 and then re-elected in 2008.

Like McKinney, Estes also seeks financial literacy for Kansans. He wants to expand upon and promote LearningQuest as well.

If elected to statewide office, he says his top priority is to improve KPERS, the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System.

“Earlier this year there was a PEW center study of all the state plans and Kansas came out second to worst in the country in terms of the amount of money that is funded to meet the retirement commitments, and so we need to make sure that we address that,” Estes said. “We need to work on a long-range plan because it really is a 50- or 75-year solution we need to come up with.”

Comments

BigDog 4 years, 1 month ago

It isn't often that I support a Democratic candidate for any office ...... but I am supporting Dennis McKinney for State Treasurer. Dennis is one of those people that if you ask anyone around the Capitol, lobbyists or legislators of both political parties, about Dennis McKinney no one will have a bad thing to say about him.

Dennis is someone who got into public service for the right reason .... because he cares about the people of Kansas.

63BC 4 years, 1 month ago

Nine paragraphs on McKinney, a transition paragraph and then four on Estes. That is not a balanced construction to a story. Paragraphs should be more evenly distributed and Estes should appear sooner.

McKinney's name appears six times in the body of the story before Estes' appears once although each are featured in the headline. Please try to improve.

GovJunkie 4 years, 1 month ago

It told me a lot when McKinney was challenged on using Learning Quest funds to pay for his television campaign advertising/puff pieces supporting "the office of Treasurer" and said he'd stop... which was then followed by the mailing of hundreds of thousands of post cards paid for by Learning Quest touting his involvement in the program. Talks the talk; falls down when he tries to walk the walk. Ron Estes was clear in his position on using such funds to advance his own political agenda and profile: He wouldn't. Looks like the State Treasurer's offices are going to be re-painted red on November 2, too. GJ

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