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Leavenworth County Commissioner J.C. Tellefson to seek Tom Holland’s 3rd District Senate seat

September 20, 2011


Saying he would like to lower the volume of political discourse, former Leavenworth County Commissioner J.C. Tellefson has announced he will run for the 3rd District Kansas Senate seat.

Or at least that’s what he thinks.

Tellefson, a Republican, said although he currently lives in the 3rd District, he was unsure what district would be his home after the Legislature redraws district maps during the 2012 session. Whatever the fate of the 3rd District — which includes Leavenworth County with the exception of Lansing and Leavenworth, all of Jefferson County and eastern Douglas County — or the other districts that could include his residence, he was committed to a Senate run, he said.

“I want to quiet the discourse a little bit,” he said.

Currently, Republicans and Democrats think theirs are the only solutions to problems, Tellefson said. They also represent their backers to the exclusion of those who disagree with them, he said. That isn’t practical in a district that has 30 percent Republicans, 30 percent Democrats and 30 percent independents, Tellefson said.

Tellefson says he has nothing against 3rd District incumbent Democrat Tom Holland of Baldwin City.

J.C. Tellefson

J.C. Tellefson

Tellefson’s four-year term on the Leavenworth County Commission would inform his positions in Topeka, Tellefson said. He remains critical of decisions the Legislature made to address its budget problems by shifting the burden to local government. Those include cuts to demand transfers and the state’s decision to end property taxes on business equipment as an incentive to attract and grow business.

His tenure on the county commission also gave him experience in eliminating waste in government, Tellefson said. In 2008, the commission eliminated 21 county positions through reorganization and elimination of jobs, although only three employees were ultimately released, he said.

“Taxes stayed low,” he said of his term on the commission. “We did have to raise taxes some, but by far less than the 12 percent cost of living increase and while having to endure state actions.”

The big issue next fall will be jobs and the economy, Tellefson predicted.

“The best thing I can do is create an environment to create jobs,” he said. “That means good-paying jobs, not just jobs created by government, which is a taxpayer employment program.”

Tellefson graduated from Hiawatha High School in 1971 and received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Kansas State University in 1975. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1974, served full time from 1975 to 1995 as a flight officer. He was a stockbroker from 1997 to 2004. After an unsuccessful run for the Leavenworth County Commission in 2002, Tellefson won the 1st District commission seat in 2006, and he did not seek re-election in 2010.


Richard Heckler 6 years, 8 months ago

He runs as a repub in Leavenworth. Why elect more Kansas repubs?

Vote Tom Holland a fiscal conservative democrat!

chootspa 6 years, 8 months ago

Wait, he says he wants to talk less? Less communication? Really? The problem with the legislature is that people have been talking about issues too much? I'm thinking the word "discourse" does not mean what he thinks it means and he meant to say "discord." Idiot.

kansanjayhawk 6 years, 8 months ago

The problem is that Tom Holland has not been a "fiscal conservative" he has consistently sided with larger government, more taxes, more regulation, less control over our own lives. We need a conservative to represent those values in Topeka and help us to bring back an economic climate that produces jobs! The question for Mr. Tellefson is whether he will side with the conservatives on the social issues or not and this will have a large impact on his chances of being elected in Leavenworth County.

JCTellefson 6 years, 8 months ago

I won’t claim to have been misquoted, I said it all. My comment is to chootspa, who was correct about my usage of the word “discourse.” Though quieting the conversation works, I was trying to say that I would like to quiet the anger, hostility, the quarreling and the squabbling and so “discord” is a better word. Thank you. Additionally though, I don’t want less communication, I want to talk less and listen more. I AM a work in progress, but I try not to make the same mistake twice. Thank you for taking an interest.

kansanjayhawk 6 years, 8 months ago

If you are a work in progress tell us your stance on abortion, the death penalty, and marriage? These are issues that voters in the district would like to get a better handle on your position? Also, what is your position on vouchers for education and what kind of education reform would you like to see in our schools? Do you have a position on economic development and what types of approaches do you think we should or could take to bring better jobs and economic expansion into Kansas? Do you support allowing coal fire power plants to continue to operate or do you agree with the Obama liberal agenda and want to do away with coal--one of our greatest energy resources--we need to know the answer to these and other issues before we can jump on board the band wagon- Senator!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 8 months ago

Yes, please let us know that your world view is firmly rooted in the 15th century so that kansanjayhawk might support you.

kansanjayhawk 6 years, 8 months ago

I guess you don't respect mainstream conservative thought in Kansas! I am in agreement with the vast majority of our legislators in Kansas who believe in upholding traditional family values, faith, and hard work! If those are what you liberals call 15TH century values then I think you are wrong!

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