Republican newcomer beats incumbent for 23rd District Kansas House seat
In one of multiple Republican overthrows, political newcomer Brett Hildabrand beat Democratic incumbent Milack Talia in the Kansas House of Representatives 23rd District race.
Hildabrand won with 54 percent of the vote, and Talia received 46 percent, according to unofficial final results from the Johnson County Election Office.
Of 5,448 total votes in the race, Hildabrand’s count was 2,950 compared to Talia’s 2,495. There were three write-in votes.
Hildabrand, 29, of Merriam, is a freight broker for freightquote.com. He’s a native of Fort Scott, Kan., and moved to Johnson County after graduating from Kansas State University. He has no prior political experience.
On his campaign website, Hildabrand describes himself as a “conservative constitutionalist that believes in limited government, protection of personal liberties, fiscal responsibility, states’ rights and honoring human life at all stages of development.”
Following Tuesday’s election, Hildabrand said cutting government waste would be his main priority in the Legislature.
“The economy is down at the moment, and Kansas families are having to cut down on their spending,” he said. “I think that the government should have to do the same.”
Hildabrand said he was pleased with the election results and credited door-to-door campaigning with his success.
“I think that the voters of Merriam and Shawnee, they spoke with a voice that clearly says that they want smaller government and lower taxes,” he said. “And I’m honored hat they put their faith in me.”
Talia, 33, a Shawnee resident, has held the 23rd District seat since 2009.
In his campaign, Talia pledged leaning away from unproductive partisan politics and said his top three goals were helping the economy, improving health care and funding public schools.
Results become official following a statewide canvass.