Local politics hit Topeka stage

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March 27, 2019 - 11:13 AM

Grievances generated by policy and personality clashes in a southeast Kansas community have spilled onto the statewide stage in the battle over Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly?s nominee to head the state Department of Commerce.

David Toland often found himself at odds with Virginia Crossland-Macha when he was the CEO of Thrive Allen County, a community health-improvement and economic development organization based in Iola.

Crossland-Macha is the daughter of the late Ivan Crossland, founder of Crossland Construction, one of the nation?s largest general contractors. She is also the newly elected vice-chair of the Kansas Republican Party and she?s been working behind the scenes to scuttle Toland?s nomination.

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