Thursday, October 02, 2014

Kansas Farm Bureau releases endorsements

By The Herald Staff | 7/11/2014

MANHATTAN — Kansas farmers and ranchers who understand how elections help determine the success of agriculture and rural communities have offered endorsements of like-minded candidates for national and state office, the Kansas Farm Bureau said Friday in a news release.

In the Kansas races that affect Franklin County, Farm Bureau announced primary election endorsements of state Reps. Blaine Finch, R-Ottawa, and Kevin Jones, R-Wellsville, as well as Republicans Sam Brownback, governor, and Derek Schmidt, attorney general. Jones does not have a Republican primary challenger.

MANHATTAN — Kansas farmers and ranchers who understand how elections help determine the success of agriculture and rural communities have offered endorsements of like-minded candidates for national and state office, the Kansas Farm Bureau said Friday in a news release.

In the Kansas races that affect Franklin County, Farm Bureau announced primary election endorsements of state Reps. Blaine Finch, R-Ottawa, and Kevin Jones, R-Wellsville, as well as Republicans Sam Brownback, governor, and Derek Schmidt, attorney general. Jones does not have a Republican primary challenger.

Farm Bureau also endorsed U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, and U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kansas, in their bids to stay in office.

“If elected, these candidates have a job to do — represent the best interests of their constituents,” Steve Baccus, Kansas Farm Bureau president, said. “We also have a job to do — make sure they understand the vital importance agriculture plays in the daily lives of their constituents, regardless of the geographic location of their district.”

The Voters Organized to Elect Farm Bureau Friends (VOTE FBF), the Political Action Committee of Kansas Farm Bureau, offered the endorsements of candidates for the Aug. 5 primary elections, the release said. The PAC is expected to announce more endorsements for the Nov. 4 general election at a later date.

Volunteer county Farm Bureau organization recommendations are based on a dialogue with candidates in a variety of forms, such as personal appearances, candidate forums and candidate questionnaires, the release said.

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