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  • Grange files for new state Senate seat in District 14

  • Rep. John Grange, who now represents voters in the 75th Distirct, filed Friday for the 14th district seat in the Kansas Senate.

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  • Rep. John Grange, who now represents voters in the 75th Distirct, filed Friday for the 14th district seat in the Kansas Senate.
    “The opportunity presented itself with an open seat and that open seat means I don’t have to run against one of my legislative friends who got shuffled in the redistricting,” said Grange, a lifelong Republican and El Dorado business owner who has served in the House since 2005.
    With the redistricting, there is only a 2 percent different between districts for representation.
    “I’d worked hard in the House to do the thing we did,” he said. “It’s time to let a new person move in there.
    “With this new Senate district comes a new opportunity for our communities. I look forward to traveling the district and talking with voters about the issues. Working together, I am confident we can make significant progress to grow jobs, ensure fiscal responsibility and protect our schools.
    Grange said his priorities include:
    • Business Growth. As a small business owner, Rep. Grange knows first hand what it takes to create jobs and improve the business environment in Kansas. As vice chair of the House Commerce and Labor Committee, he has worked to develop a number of initiatives designed to promote business growth and entrepreneurship, including the Rural Opportunity Zones initiative.
    • Fiscal Responsibility. Responsible spending and taxes are a priority for Rep. Grange. He played a critical role this year in developing a solution that will repair the $8 billion shortfall in the KPERS retirement system.
    “We didn’t look at the KPERS issue as a political problem, but as a mathematical problem,” said Grange. “Taking this kind of approach to policy decisions is what we need more of in Topeka.”
    • Education. As a former USD 490 school board president and former member of the Butler County Community College board of trustees, Grange understands the importance of education. In the House, he worked this year to restore $43 million that had been cut from our local schools.
    “Educating our children and ensuring accountability for Kansas taxpayers is a huge responsibility,” said Grange. “We must ensure adequate resources and accountability for our schools so that we can continue to provide our children and grandchildren with the knowledge and skills they need to enter the workforce and start their own businesses some day.”
    Grange is a Vietnam veteran who served in the U.S. Army. He is a master electrician who has owned and operated Carlisle Heating, Air Conditioning, Electrical & Plumbing since 1978. He and his wife, Nancy, live in El Dorado where they are members of St. John’s Church. They have two children and two grandsons.
    The new 14th Senate District encompasses portions of Butler, Cowley and Montgomery counties as well as all of Coffey, Chautauqua, Elk, Greenwood, Wilson and Woodson counties.
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