Great news: Republicans are running in every one of the 22 state representative seats in Johnson County.
On June 7, I wrote how there was not yet a candidate in District 24, where GOP County Chair Ronnie Metsker resides. I said that he should run, if nobody else will. An update: Republicans have a candidate -- Michael Foltz from Roeland Park -- though I don't yet know what he believes. I hope that, unlike Metsker, he will be willing to tell others what his philosophies are.
With District 24 filled, this means that Republicans have a candidate for every one of the state representative seats in Johnson County. There are 125 total Kansas House seats in the state, and 22 of them include Johnson County voters. In 2012, after redistricting, I expect another 3-5 seats added to that Johnson County total.
After election day in November 2010, we're going to have the strongest group of conservative, pro-freedom legislators in the history of Johnson County.
Connect with Benjamin Hodge at Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, The Kansas Progress, and LibertyLinked. Hodge is President of the State and Local Reform Group of Kansas. He served as one of seven at-large trustees at Johnson County Community College from 2005-’09, a member of the Kansas House from 2007-’08, a delegate to the Kansas Republican Party from 2009-’10, and was founder of the Overland Park Republican Party in 2011. His public policy record is recognized by Americans for Prosperity, the Kansas Association of Broadcasters, the Kansas Press Association, the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government, the NRA, Kansans for Life, and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).