Archive for Thursday, May 30, 2002

Cox runs for sixth term

May 30, 2002

State Rep. Ray Cox said he wasn't sure whether he would seek re-election to the Kansas House of Representatives in November.

After serving five terms in the 39th district, which represents Basehor, Bonner Springs and parts of Johnson County, he thought he had earned a break from state politics.

But the recent Kansas Legislative hearings changed his mind and Cox officially filed as a candidate with the Secretary of State's office May 22.

"During the last session, I realized maybe I better run again to keep some fiscal responsibility up there," Cox said.

During the hearings in Topeka, lawmakers were faced with balancing a state budget with revenue shortfalls upward of $700 million.

After several weeks of debating, legislators were able to come to an agreement on the budget, choosing to increase taxes on cigarettes and gasoline, among other things, while increasing education funding.

Cox described the legislative session as "ugly" and said he wanted to stay and help the state with what could be an equally troublesome session next year.

"I want to stay and see this thing through," he said.

"We just need some prudent people up there and I think I'm halfway prudent," Cox added.

Cox served as chairman of the House Financial Institutions Committee and also served on the House Federal and State Affairs and New Economy committees, during the past sessions.

In the past, Cox helped develop the Sudden Infant Death Support (SIDS) Network of Kansas, a statewide support organization designed to help families affected by sudden infant death syndrome.

"These people that are affected need help and counseling and Kansas can help with that," Cox said.

Cox said another reason for running, Cox said is to keep giving the people he represents a voice in state government and to look after their interests.

"It's not the 90 days in Topeka it's what you do everyday for the people you represent," he said.

As of press time, Cox is running unopposed.

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