Friday, December 19, 2014

Fluke keeps GOP chair

By DYLAN LYSEN, Herald Staff Writer | 8/22/2014

Although he may have lost his bid to represent District 59 in the Kansas House of Representatives, Bob Fluke is still a Republican leader in Franklin County.

Fluke, who ran against Blaine Finch for the House seat, was re-elected as Franklin County Republican Central Committee chairman, he said. He was re-elected with a unanimous decision from the group, he said.

Although he may have lost his bid to represent District 59 in the Kansas House of Representatives, Bob Fluke is still a Republican leader in Franklin County.

Fluke, who ran against Blaine Finch for the House seat, was re-elected as Franklin County Republican Central Committee chairman, he said. He was re-elected with a unanimous decision from the group, he said.

“There was only one person who was nominated and it was a unanimous decision,” Fluke said of his election.

Fluke was first elected to the chair position in December 2013, and succeeded Jeff Richards, Franklin County sheriff, who submitted his resignation letter in late November after serving as head of the GOP committee for the past 3 1/2 years.

Fluke, a former math teacher at Ottawa Middle School, retired from his teaching position at the end of the school year in May, according to Herald archives. Finding ways to get the younger generation of Republicans involved in the committee was Fluke’s original initiative, he said in January.

“I would like to work with high school- and middle school-age youth, maybe taking some [student] pages to Topeka so they can see the legislative process. I want students, as well as adults, to get as much information as possible about the legislative process so they can see the whole picture,” Fluke said in January. So far he has been successful, he said, mentioning two members under the age of 25 who have joined the committee since Fluke became chair.

He also said in January he would like to bring more Republican candidates and other elected officials to speak in the county. This initiative was highlighted by the appearance of Bob Dole, former presidential candidate who served as a U.S. Senator representing Kansas, and the campaign stop in late July by Milton Wolf, a Kansas City area radiologist who challenged U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts in the primary election. Wolf had also visited a Republican Committee meeting previously in the year.

With the November general election in sight, Fluke said his initiative for the time being is to get Republicans elected. When asked if he would be supporting state Rep. Kevin Jones, R-Wellsville, and state Rep. Blaine Finch, R-Ottawa, who Fluke lost to in the primary election, Fluke said, “absolutely.” Both incumbents have Democrat challengers.

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