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Kansas City Star profiles Hodge, other candidates: “JCCC candidates focus on transparency, revenue”

What do you know?  A fair article from The Kansas City Star.

Outgoing trustees say if Hodge is elected he’s likely to shake things up on a board that they say currently works well together.

But Hodge and another candidate, James Nelson, contend that the board operates too much behind closed doors and isn’t being held accountable for decisions. Both have said they are out to make changes, including more transparency and better treatment of faculty and students.

Some other candidates have said the cohesiveness current board members say exists among the trustees is merely a “rubber stamp,” appealing to the college president.

Here’s the list of candidates and their reasons for seeking a position on the community college board of trustees.

Benjamin Hodge, 30, of Overland Park, wants “to equally represent JCCC students, all employees and taxpayers. Right now I’m concerned that only a small number of employees and a small amount of voters are being represented and frankly the students are not being represented at all,” Hodge said.

Hodge lobbed a number of accusations at the board including “First Amendment rights violations, open meeting laws violations and unethical bidding practices.”

“All of that needs to be reformed,” Hodge said. “My main goal is to simply fulfill the motto of the college, which is learning comes first, and right now learning does not come first, unfortunately.”

He said that while he is a “strong fiscal conservative,” ensuring that people are treated fairly trumps financial matters.

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Connect with Benjamin Hodge at FacebookTwitterLinkedInThe 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 NRAKansans for Life, and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).

 


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