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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Voters return Weber

  • In a race that pitted incumbent Brian Weber (R) against Larry Blake (D) for the 119th District seat in the Kansas Hosue, Weber positioned himself as an advocate for western Kansas.
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  • In a race that pitted incumbent Brian Weber (R) against Larry Blake (D) for the 119th District seat in the Kansas Hosue, Weber positioned himself as an advocate for western Kansas.
    "I take this responsibility very seriously," he told the Globe before the election.
    "I don't play the political games and I try to build coalitions with both parties to find solutions."
    Blake based his campaign on his concern about funding for education and other essential services.
    "Common sense tells you that no amount of increase in economic activity will significantly increase state revenues if you eliminate the major tax base," he said.
    Voters returned Weber to his seat by better than a two-to-one margin.
    "We fought a good fight, stayed in the race and kept the faith," Blake said following release of unofficial results Tuesday night.
    Blake, who has been active in the Democratic party for years, undertook a house to house campaign, walking the area from 14th to Avenue P and from Comanche to Wyatt Earp Blvd.
    "You meet a lot of nice people doing that," he said.
    Blake thanked his team and said he appreciated their efforts.
    "You'll find me working for Dodge City in the future and I might even run for office again," he said.
    In addition to being "humbled and excited to serve another term," Weber complimented Blake on the campaign.
    "We're both positive about Dodge City. We didn't go personal — we kept it on the issues," Weber said.
    Expressing his pleasure that voters had two pro-Dodge City candidates to choose from, Weber noted that "Larry really campaigned on certain issues and he got 30 percent of the vote — that tells me I need to spend more time and attention on those issues."
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