Archive for Tuesday, July 17, 2012

State GOP candidates face off at forum in Eudora

July 17, 2012


Republicans were the focus of a candidate forum Tuesday night at Eudora City Hall.

The forum, sponsored by the Eudora Chamber of Commerce and, was open to primary races for the state House 42nd District and state Senate 3rd District.

With Democrats Harold Fevurly Jr. (42nd District) and Sen. Tom Holland (3rd District) running unopposed in the primaries, the forum focused on Rep. Connie O’Brien, Tonganoxie, and Sandra Bohne, rural Leavenworth, in the Republican primary for the House seat and Rep. Anthony Brown, R-Eudora, and J.C. Tellefson, R-Leavenworth, in the Republican primary for the Senate race.

Each candidate was allowed opening remarks, and then they fielded questions from moderator John Schulz of The forum then opened to questions from the audience.

All four candidates addressed job growth, taxes, economy and health care, with all but Tellefson saying they would like to see the Affordable Health Care Act repealed.

Tellefson referenced his military background when it came to the Supreme Court’s decision on the law being constitutional. He said that when a senior officer gave him an order, he might not agree, but “I salute and go down the road. Our job is to do our job.”

The former Leavenworth County Commissioner said he didn’t agree with Gov. Sam Brownback’s decision to send back a $31.5 million federal grant to establish an insurance exchange. But he also supported U.S. Sens. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts, as well as Rep. Lynn Jenkins, in serving the state’s best interests in the health care debate.

Bohne and O’Brien took center stage at the forum for roughly 45 minutes, and after a break Brown and Tellefson answered questions for about 45 minutes before a crowd of roughly 25 people.


Dan Eyler 5 years, 10 months ago

I really like Anthony Brown. I have met him and he is very easy to speak too. He is a very principled guy with a great family. But what I like about Anthony is he is very much like the me the common working guy. He was a Marine in the gulf war, he is a carpenter by trade and runs his own business. He isn't a lawyer and I really like that. When you call him he will return your call. He is pro small business and pro business in general. He supports gun owner rights, he supports property rights and private ownership. He understands agriculture issues and will work to help our farmers and fight federal intrusion in our state business. Mr. Tellefson didn't impress me when I met him this past week. He talks fast as acted a bit silly in my opinion. I don't believe he will support a business growth approach for the state. It seems clear he will push to increase taxes and I simply am not going to support a democrat or republican who believes that any Kansan can afford a tax increase. So before you make up your mind pick up the phone and call these people and ask them your key questions and then decide. Don't let your friends decide for you.

Robert Schehrer 5 years, 10 months ago

kansasfaithful: You said, "When you call him he will return your call"

He has never returned any of my calls.

He has tried to attach his extreme ideas to bills and even his own republiication have rejected them. I will do all that I can to see that he is not elected.

08Champs 5 years, 10 months ago

Mr. Brown has worked very hard toward the goal of de-funding public education - for that alone he should not be elected. As his voting and opinions have been covered in the press, feel free to do the research.

pijacob 5 years, 10 months ago

Anthony Brown is absolutely terrible. 08Champs is correct, he would rid the state of all expenses if he could and he does it in the name of God.

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