Kansas Senate candidate profiles: Huntington and Harvey

A map of Kansas's senate district 7 (click to enlarge)

The primaries for the 2010 elections are just a week away, so over the next few days we’ll be publishing profiles on some of the candidates on the ballot on August 3.

We’ll start today with the two candidates vying for the Republican nomination in the District 7 state senate race. District 7 encompasses almost all of northeast Johnson County, including the cities of Prairie Village, Mission Hills and Fairway in their entirety.

David Harvey (R)

Name: David Harvey

Occupation: President/CEO, StoneCreek Properties

Education: Olathe High School
University of Kansas, BS Accounting and Business Administration

Years lived in district: 2008 – Present

Previous elected offices held: None

Why vote for me: Kansas needs a real change in leadership. We currently are experiencing massive budget deficits, a growth in government that is now too big to afford, an education finance system that doesn’t work and a shortage of conservative fiscal leaders to fix the problems. You should expect a lot from your elected officials and when they don’t achieve the desired results you should make a change. After eight years of politics as usual, we’ve seen what my opponent has to offer. I think it’s time that the voters in Northeast Johnson County make that change. We need a leader that will bring fresh, new, ideas and is willing to stand up and fight for conservative fiscal values. I will fight to eliminate wasteful spending, develop a fiscal policy that eliminates excessive spending, construct a school finance formula that doesn’t hurt Johnson County Schools, reduce taxes on individuals and businesses and increase the transparency to voters. I realize that making meaningful changes on the above issues will be no easy task. However, I have fought hard my whole life for what is right and I’m not about to stop now. Together – We can do better!

Terrie Huntington (R)

Name: Terrie W. Huntington (incumbent)

Occupation: Marketing Communications (retired)

Education: Clearwater High School, Clearwater, Kansas, 1967
University of Kansas, BA, 1971
Continuing Education (no graduate degree conferred): Northwestern University, College of DuPage, JCCC

Years lived in district: 1982-1985; 1987-2010 (present)

Previous elected offices held: Kansas House of Representatives (Elected to four terms, but served seven years)
Kansas Senate, one year (elected by precinct committee men and women to fill the seat resigned by Senator David Wysong)

Why vote for me: Voters in the 7th Senate District should vote for me because of my community, business and legislative experience and my dedication to serving the citizens in Northeast Johnson County, where for 25 years I have lived, worked, and helped my husband raise our two children. It is important to me to help maintain the viability of our communities, and support policies that provide for: P-12 education excellence, a diverse business environment, access to affordable higher education, and safe communities.

I value accountability and communication, and in the eight years I have served in the legislature I have developed a reputation for thoroughly researching issues before voting, to maximize the impact of the policy and minimize the unintended consequences. My yearly legislative summary mailed to all registered voters provides a synopsis of bills that impact our district, and my voting record. I also send our weekly email updates and hold Town Hall Meetings where residents can learn more about issues that impact the area.

I value being of service to the community, whether it be in the Kansas Legislature or local organizations like the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation, United Community Services, the Johnson County Education Research Triangle Authority, the Kansas Children’s Cabinet, TLC, MOCSA, or Safehome.

My government service began when I joined the Mission Hills Planning Commission and became familiar with zoning laws and comprehensive city development. To learn about the infrastructure needs of neighboring cities I attended City Council meetings and met periodically with the Mayors and City Council members. Meetings with local business leaders and Chambers of Commerce of Northeast Johnson County, Overland Park, Leawood and Greater Kansas City have provided to me information necessary to make votes that will help retain our businesses and grow our local economy.

Experience, leadership and integrity are what I will bring to the office of State Senator.