Candidate questionnaire: Willie Dove, House Dist. 38
Willie Dove is the incumbent Republican from rural Bonner Springs running against Democrat Jan Pringle for the 38th District in the Kansas House of Representatives, which covers Basehor, Linwood, parts of Lansing and the portion of Bonner Springs that is in Leavenworth County, as well as parts of western Johnson County.
Occupation: Insurance Sales
Family: Wife, Dr. Sunday C. Dove; two sons, five grandchildren
Years lived in district: 23
Previous political experience: One term in Kansas House of Representatives
Other community service: Volunteer Board YMCA
Campaign website: www.williedove.com
1. What made you decide to run for office (or run for re-election)?
I have been blessed to live in this country, and I wanted to provide my grandchildren the same opportunities, plus show them a life well-lived includes service to others.
2. What special qualifications would you bring to this office?
I am a small businessman, not a lawyer or career politician. I believe I bring a different perspective by competing in the free market. Government can do more harm than good to our economy, so it's important to check it powers to tax and regulate.
3. How do you plan to stay in touch with constituents if you are elected?
I held regular town hall meetings, and provided weekly legislative updates, whether or not the local media chose to share them with its readers.
4. In campaigning, what issue have you found is most important for constituents in your district? How would you address this issue?
Jobs are the most important issue. Tax cuts in 2012 and 2013 provided incentives for job-creating small businesses to expand, and for individuals to save and invest. A job is the most effective social program available.
5. In your own opinion (aside from or in addition to the above issue), what are the three most important issues facing the state and how would you address them?
(1) Continuing the tax rate reduction schedule leading to a future where there is no income tax in Kansas
(2) Strengthening local control of schools and providing more opportunities for students and parents.
(3) Increasing export opportunities for Kansas agriculture.