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How should you vote? Let me tell you……

Lee Hartman

Lee Hartman, Metro Voice Editor/Publisher

Why should you care what I think about the election and who to vote for? Maybe you shouldn’t…..then again, maybe you haven’t had time to do your own research, and you know I’m a news junkie and you trust my judgement – hey, it could happen, right?  I’m jus’ sayin’……

So, for what it’s worth, here are my thoughts.

You may know that I’m a conservative, and maybe you think all my picks will have an “R” after their name. You should know, however, that I have voted for Democrats in the past.

And besides, some of the races are non-partisan. And there are ballot questions, too, to consider.


First of all, I will always be pro-life, from the womb to the tomb, as they say. I will always stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves. So if I can’t trust a candidate to stand up for innocent life in the womb, then it doesn’t really matter what else they stand for, does it? This issue is more than that of course – it goes to supporting single mothers, adoption, fostering, elder care, homeless, disabled, etc.

Then you have “the economy, stupid.” I see the prices every day at the gas pump and in the grocery stores, as well as the utility bills. I’m a small business owner, and I see my costs going up constantly, and I see other small businesses unable to afford my services. It hurts everyone. We must embrace all forms of energy while we are transitioning to greener options – it doesn’t happen overnight. We must enable American businesses to thrive and use the ingenuity and work ethics we are famous for.

Law and order – it’s just common sense. No bail, and letting criminals run free is idiotic. Allowing illegals into the country without any vetting is stupid. Drugs are coming in across the border as well. People are being harmed and killed, and there’s no good reason for it.

So it should be clear that the current policies of Democrats in power are not working. It’s time to put a stop to it.

Here are my picks for candidates, judges retention and ballot measures:



U.S. Senator – Jerry Moran

U.S. Representative – 1st District – Tracey Mann

U.S. Representative – 2nd District – Jake LaTurner

U.S. Representative – 3rd District – Amanda Adkins

U.S. Representative – 4th District – Ron Estes

Governor – Derek Schmidt

Secretary of State – Scott Schwab

Attorney General – Kris Kobach

State Treasurer – Steven Johnson

Commissioner of Insurance – Vicki Schmidt

State Representative 47th District – Ron Ellis

State Representative 50th District – Fred C. Patton

State Representative 53rd District – Bruce Williamson

State Representative 54th District – Ken Corbet

State Representative 55th District – Todd Staerkel

Shawnee County Commission 1st District – Bill Riphahn

READ: Two constitutional amendments on the Kansas ballot for 2022



District 1 – Danny Zeck

District 3 – Michelle Dombrosky



Amendment 1: the Legislative Veto or Suspension of Executive Agency Regulations Amendment

Currently, executive branch agencies and officials may adopt rules or regulations that have the force of law. The legislature can pass concurrent resolutions expressing displeasure with a rule or regulation.

Vote “YES” to reduce the authority of the governor and other state officials and give the legislature more say in how the state regulates businesses, protects the environment and preserves people’s health. This puts more power in the hands of local elected officials and less with unelected appointees.

Amendment 2, the County Sheriff Election and Recall Amendment.

Vote “YES” to keep your right to vote for local sheriffs as elected officials, instead of letting county leaders appoint law enforcement.

READ: Two constitutional amendments on the Kansas ballot for 2022

JUDGES ON THE BALLOT – Kansas Supreme Court

Most of the judges are appointed by liberal Democrat governors, and they are activist judges. They like to make law instead of going by the State Constitution. We need to get rid of them.


Marla Luckert – DO NOT RETAIN

Melissa Standridge – DO NOT RETAIN

Keynen Wall – DO NOT RETAIN

Evelyn Wilson – DO NOT RETAIN

Caleb Stegall – RETAIN

There are other races that I am not that familiar with. My rule of thumb is if I don’t know, vote Republican – they are usually the most conservative. Almost all Democrats these days are way too extremely liberal with their policies.

Also, you can find out your own details here: https://ivoterguide.com/all-in-state/ks.

To reach the County Election Office for any voter information or assistance, the phone number is 785-251-8900. The website for Shawnee County voters is: www.snco.us/election.

READ: Why Christians need to vote on Nov. 8


–Lee Hartman | Metro Voice

READ: Kansas Election Round-up

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