Democrat Amy Bell did not challenge incumbent Republican Barbara Bollier’s position on any policy question thrown at them during a Wednesday night forum. Bell acknowledged the agreement in her closing that she was “not particularly worried about District 21 – it’s going to be well represented no matter the outcome (of the election).”
The questions the candidates addressed Wednesday included:
Tax structure in Kansas – Bollier and Bell both advocated the “three-legged stool” of income, sales and property taxes. Bollier said she voted against the “march to zero” plan in Kansas that is lowering income taxes and called the results “regressive.” Bell said what keeps a plan fair is “that you and your neighbors are pulling their weight.” She said taking out income tax means “it’s not balanced.”
Laws to repeal – Asked which Kansas laws should be repealed, Bollier put the tax structure first, saying it is “causing significant hurt.” A retired physician, she also listed laws requiring medical misinformation, specifically one requiring women considering an abortion to be informed of a higher risk of breast cancer. She said the information is wrong medically. Bell also put the tax plan at the top of her repeal list and followed with gun control where she said “Topeka” had decided that they knew better than local communities on gun issues. She also listed the “abortion lie” saying she would repeal “anything that lessens a woman’s rights on our own body.”
Wind and alternative energy – Bell said wind energy is cheaper than coal and “creates jobs.” Bollier agreed and noted that she had voted against every attempt to repeal the renewable energy standards.
Judicial selection – Both opposed changes to judicial selection that would put more power in the executive branch.
Education – Both made statements in strong support of education funding. Bollier called it her number one issue and noted that she served three years on the education committee and that she has researched funding formulas around the country.
Bringing jobs to Johnson County – Bell said it needs to remain a place where people want to live. Bollier said the quality of life draws business.
In her closing, Bollier said she is passionate about her work in the legislature and wants to go back to Topeka.