Republican Dorothy Hughes files for Bollier’s House seat, setting up contested election

Dorothy_HughesThe race for Rep. Barbara Bollier’s District 21 seat in the Kansas House of Representatives will be contested this fall.

Just hours after Democrat Jerry Stogsdill announced he was withdrawing his name from the race for the northeast Johnson County Senate seat to run for the District 21 House seat, Republican Dorothy Hughes issued a release saying she was entering the race as well.

Hughes, a Prairie Village resident and health care consultant, said fiscal responsibility, preserving local control and developing a sustainable finance formula for Kansas schools were among her top priorities.

“Kansas faces serious financial challenges that have created instability for business owners, our schools and our families,” she said in her campaign announcement. “I’m committed to making sure our voice is heard in Topeka and to finding common sense solutions that will restore our state’s good credit and adequately fund essential public services.”

A McPherson native, Hughes took a degree in International Studies from American University in Washington, D.C., in 2004. Since returning to Kansas, she’s earned a master’s degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Kansas Medical Center, where she is currently pursuing a PhD in Health Policy and Management.

Early in her career, Hughes served as a legislative aide to Jerry Moran when he was a congressman representing Kansas’s District 1.

Hughes said in her release that she was being supported by Bollier and Kay Wolf.

“I am honored to have earned the support of Rep. Barbara Bollier and Sen. Kay Wolf as I launch my campaign to get Kansas back on track,” said Hughes.