Candidate questionnaire: Brett Hildabrand, 17th District Kansas House of Representatives
The following are responses from Brett Hildabrand, Republican incumbent candidate for the District 17 seat in the Kansas House of Representatives. Hildabrand will face Tom Cox in the primary election. The winner of the primary will face Democrat Helen Stoll in the general election.
Education: Kansas State University, BS in Animal Science
Occupation: consultant for electronic medical software
Years lived in district: (no response)
Previous political experience: Current state representative for House District 17.
Campaign website: www.Brett4Kansas.com
What made you decide to run for office?
I initially ran for office to help the State of Kansas push back from the continued growth and expansion of power by the federal government. I continue to support measures that keep Kansans free of overburdening regulations and barriers to economic growth.
What special qualifications would you bring to this office?
Previously in Topeka, I have been able to utilize my small town upbringing to bridge the rural/urban make-up that often divides legislators in Topeka. I have found it beneficial in building consensus.
How do you plan to stay in touch with constituents if you are elected?
I communicate with constituents through a combination of newsletters, social media and email.
As you have been campaigning, what issue have you found is most important for constituents in your district? How would you address this issue?
Education, by far, is most important to voters, which is why I have continually supported more money for Kansas schools. I direct voters to the Kansas Department of Education website for proof rather than citing campaign rhetoric.
In your own opinion, aside from or in addition to the above issue, what are the three most important issues facing the state and how would you address them?
My three areas of focus for the next term, are as follows:
1) State budget - implement many of the recommendations from the $2 billion in cost savings found in the efficiency study we commissioned.
2) Ensuring that our law enforcement and first responders have the resources and funding to effectively do their jobs. This has become a priority following the recent attacks on law enforcement around the country.
3) Defending the rule of law by abolishing sanctuary cities/municipalities in Kansas that harbor the most dangerous illegal aliens from deportation by the feds.