Editorial: Wilk’s proclamation a boon for the city
It's understandable why members of the Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce applauded state Rep. Kenny Wilk last week when he said he would fight to keep Tonganoxie in his Kansas House district.
During his nine years as this area's representative, Wilk has well-represented Tonganoxie, as well as Lansing, Leavenworth and the rural areas of Leavenworth County that are in his district.
Next year, the Kansas Legislature will work to redraw its House and Senate districts because of population shifts uncovered during the 2000 U.S. Census. Wilk's district is one that lawmakers will tinker with taking portions of it and apportioning them to another district or districts.
But last week, during a lunch meeting in Tonganoxie, Wilk vowed he'd rather fight than lose the city of Tonganoxie to another district.
"I have no intention of giving up Tonganoxie," the Lansing Republican said. "I have grown fond of this community."
During the years, Wilk has proven himself as someone that residents of Tonganoxie can count on. He has been responsive to the needs of the community, and city officials have often sought his help with projects.
Now that Wilk is chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, his influence in the Kansas Legislature is greater. It would be a loss to Tonganoxie if the city were moved into another House district, as long as Wilk represents the 42nd District.