Why I left the Kansas Republican Party



January 8, 2019 - 10:12 AM

Compromise, common sense and listening to all sides of an issue don’t seem like countercultural values. Certainly, in the home I grew up in they weren’t. My parents belonged to separate political parties, and those values were part of the air I breathed.

But in my state’s Republican Party, such values have become increasingly difficult to find. And that’s why I’ve decided to leave the party.

I ran for office because I strongly believe that elected officials should serve the people they represent. They should take the time to hear from those on all sides of an issue and consider how people’s lives are affected by policies. I didn’t see this from the incumbent, so I ran for a seat in the Kansas legislature.

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