Kansas currently has seven persons vying for the Republican nomination for governor, but there is only one worth voting for: Jim Barnett. Barnett appeared on my radar screen following a recent article in the Hutchinson News about him not being allowed to debate with the other candidates for governor because he refused to sign a […]

Kansas currently has seven persons vying for the Republican nomination for governor, but there is only one worth voting for: Jim Barnett.
Barnett appeared on my radar screen following a recent article in the Hutchinson News about him not being allowed to debate with the other candidates for governor because he refused to sign a GOP compact that outlined debate rules, which included a stipulation that debate questions would be screened beforehand.
'We shouldn't be afraid of tough questions. I think it was done by design to protect a few individuals and I think that's very wrong for our state,” Barnett told KMUW (a Wichita public radio station) earlier this year.
This makes Barnett sound independent in my book. One other positive is that he chose his wife, Rosie Hansen, whom he recently married, as his running mate.
Research using the Internet revealed several issues which make Barnett a good candidate for governor.
One, he is pro-life and, as a state senator, voted to override former governor Mark Parkinson's veto of an abortion bill. His website states that 'we should support the lives of all people from the beginning of life through childhood, adulthood and the natural end of life. '
Two, he is opposed to the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program touted by one of his primary opponents, Kris Kobach, calling it a waste of time and money, which has generated 'a significant amount of verifiably false data.'
Three, he intends that the state return to having a long-term plan for building and maintaining roads and highways. We have great a highway system here in Kansas and need to quit stealing from KDOT before our roads become less than great.
Four, he plans to increase education funding by $200 million a year during his first three years in office. This is our future, folks, and definitely a good investment.
Five, he supports expanding Medicaid in Kansas and is concerned that repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act would jeopardize healthcare for 440,000 Kansans.
Six, he realizes the importance of immigrants in filling key jobs in the state. His website states: 'The Kansas economy depends on immigrants. Many industries, especially in Southwest Kansas, rely on an immigrant population workforce. Jim and Rosie support the legal presence of all workers.'

Seven, he recognizes the importance of water in the state's economy and believes that Kansas should work on moving water west and also collaborating with other states to maintain this water supply. Incidentally, he recognizes the value of the greatest gift, perhaps, that former governor Sam Brownback left the state: a 50 year plan to improve water quality and quantity in the state.

Jim Barnett seems to be a reasonable, thoughtful candidate for governor of Kansas. For this reason, I support his candidacy in the Primary election and pray that he will be able to defeat extremist elements within the GOP gubernatorial race.