Archive for Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Corbet wins GOP nomination in House District 54; will face Democrat Mah

August 7, 2012


— Ken Corbet, the owner of a sportsman's retreat, won the Republican Party primary in the 54th House District on Tuesday.

Corbet, owner of Ravenwood Lodge near Dover, defeated Debra "Debbi" Childers and Dana Weber for the right to face Democrat Ann Mah, the incumbent in the 53rd District who found herself a resident of the 54th District when new district maps were redrawn in June.

Corbet garnered 50 percent of the vote to Childers' 30 percent and Webber's 20 percent in unofficial results.

The largely rural 54th District covers the southern third of Shawnee County, the northern half of Osage County and southwest Douglas County. Among the communities in the district are Auburn, Carbondale, Overbrook and Scranton.

All three Republican candidates self-identified as conservatives, believe life begins at conception and support the tax-cut package the Kansas Legislature passed this session and Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law.

The tax cuts reduce the top individual state income-tax rate to 4.9 percent from 6.45 percent and also will eliminate income taxes on nonwage income on many small businesses.

Corbet said he would also like to see a freeze on property taxes.

Childers, treasurer of Auburn Township, had said she wanted to advance Brownback's agenda.

Webber said she was running to give Osage County a voice in the Legislature.


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