Unofficial results from Tuesday's election showed incumbent Ronald Ryckman (Rep.) leading Democrat Marjorie “Mo” Gilbert by more than 500 votes in Ford County and by more than a thousand for the state.
Unofficial results from Tuesday's election showed incumbent Ronald Ryckman (Rep.) leading Democrat Marjorie “Mo” Gilbert by more than 500 votes in Ford County and by more than a thousand for the state. When broken down, numbers show Ryckman earned 64 percent of the Ford County vote and 75 percent of the state vote. Gilbert received 36 percent and 25 percent, respectively.
Ryckman said the key to his victory was his visible presence in the communities he would represent.
“I was in every parade, went to every fair and each town,” he said.
Ryckman also mentioned the effort he put toward attending town meetings and sending out newsletters during his time in the House.
“I made it a point to let people know why I voted how I did,” he said.
While Ryckman is excited about his next term, he said he sees a lot of challenges ahead, especially with the early projection of President Obama's win. He referenced difficulties with “Obamacare” and Medicaid.
On the presidential race, Ryckman said $16 trillion in debt is just too much and from what has been proven in other countries and other states, a change needs to be made.
Ryckman said he wants Kansas to be on the best footing possible financially which is not something that is going well with the current administration.
The Globe was unable to reach Gilbert for a comment.