Archive for Wednesday, June 5, 2002

Navinsky to face challenge for county commission seat

June 5, 2002

Two incumbent officeholders have made it official and filed for re-election.

Leavenworth County Commissioner Don Navinsky, a Republican from Easton, has filed for a third term as a representative of the First District. Commissioners serve four-year terms.

Navinsky will have opposition at least in the November general election. Leavenworth Republican J.C. Tellefson, a stockbroker, filed Tuesday afternoon for the post, which represents northern Leavenworth County, as well as portions of the city of Leavenworth.

The deadline to file for the county commission seat the only one of the three seats that is up for re-election is noon Tuesday.

But candidates for the Kansas House of Representatives have until noon June 24 to file for election. Last Thursday, Marti Crow, D-Leavenworth, filed for another term as the representative from the 41st House District.

She joins two other House members from the area Kenny Wilk, R-Lansing, and Ray Cox, R-Bonner Springs who have filed for re-election. State Rep. Candy Ruff, D-Leavenworth, who represents the 40th House District, has not filed for re-election.

During an interview on Monday, Crow said she is seeking a fourth term because she believes the Legislature's work is far from done concerning the state's economic concerns.

"My first year over there, the last day of the session when they hit the gavel, I remember saying to people on both sides of me, 'We're not done. We haven't finished,'" the 57-year-old attorney said. "This year, I feel more that way than I ever have before."

Crow said she hopes her fellow legislators can draft a budgetary plan that will guide the state during the next few years rather than taking what she believes is a short-sighted view.

"It doesn't seem that anybody is really looking long-range where do we want to go and how do we get there," she said. '' From my point of view, it seemed to be a process where we were rolling downhill but nobody's driving."

Like the other legislators representing the area, Crow believes Kansas' financial situation will not turn around soon.

"I think the state will continue to have cash flow problems in the next year," she said. "I think school payments will be late, month after month. I think we're going to go back in January and very possibly be facing a $1 billion shortfall."

Much more work is needed, she said, and the tax package that legislators passed was merely a Band-Aid on a gaping wound. Crow did not vote for the tax increase.

"Until we really look very carefully at every agency to find every bit of loose money that we don't need to spend and change our spending and prioritize what the state needs to be doing, we're not going to dig out of this," Crow said.

Of particular interest to Crow is education. She served 13 years on the Leavenworth school board.

"I went to the legislature because I found out that school funding is not done at the local level," she said. "School funding is done at the state level."

Crow served during the 2002 session on the education, budget, redistricting and judiciary committees, as well as on the interim joint committee on claims against the state.

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