This may be the most inconsequential state legislative race in history, but it’s interesting to us because of our peculiar view of things. We recently wrote Kathy Martin and Kelly Kohls — They’re Back!, in which we quoted a news story that said:
Former Kansas Board of Education member Kathy Martin, rural Clay Center, filed today for the Kansas House of Representatives 64th District seat being vacated by retiring state Rep. Vern Swanson. She will face Republican Beniah Wilson, a K-State student who has also filed for the position.
Everyone who follows The Controversy between evolution and creationism immediately recognizes Kathy Martin’s name, but who is her challenger? We looked around for his campaign website. He doesn’t seem to have one — at least not yet. But we did find an article at the website of the Kansas State Collegian, which informs us that it is “the daily newspaper at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.” Also, it is “reported, edited, and produced entirely by students” and it’s “the ninth-largest daily newspaper in Kansas.”
The item we found is Student doesn’t want to wait to pursue goals, files to run for Kansas House. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
A K-Stater has a goal to be working in the Kansas capitol, soon. Beniah Wilson, senior in music composition, has filed as a Republican candidate for the Kansas House.
Music composition? Yes indeed. He has a video at YouTube where you can spend three minutes with him as he plays the violin: Joy and Hope. Your Curmudgeon listened to it, but we are hopelessly un-musical, so we’ll refrain from expressing an opinion. Back to the college newspaper story:
Wilson’s interest in politics began in high school when he participated on the debate team. It grew in college after he took several political science classes, including Kansas Politics and Constitutional Law. He is now minoring in political science.
Our only observation here is that aside from political science, there’s no mention of any actual science courses, so we don’t yet have a clue as to what Wilson’s thinking may be about creationism. Let’s read on:
Wilson is a member of the College Republicans and Campus Crusade. He also participates in Conversational Cafe on campus. Although his major is music, Wilson said his extracurricular activities have prepared him for a career in politics.
The sole basis of our beliefs is the Bible, God’s infallible written Word, the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. We believe that it was uniquely, verbally and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit and that it was written without error (inerrant) in the original manuscripts. It is the supreme and final authority in all matters on which it speaks.
It’s reasonable to assume that Wilson and Kathy probably have identical beliefs about creationism. So what will the race be about? The newspaper article continues:
“I want to be a voice that is concerned about the future and enact policies that would be beneficial to everyone,” Wilson said.
That’s nice. Here’s more:
Currently, Wilson is working as an intern for Rep. Jim Howell to learn more about how the House works. Wilson said he is looking for new laws to push, and is interested in working on legislation for education, job creation and preserving freedoms, including Second Amendment rights.
That’s what this country needs — legislators who are “looking for new laws to push.” We don’t have nearly enough laws now. Moving along:
Wilson is currently running against Kathy Martin in the 64th District for the seat vacated by retiring Rep. Vern Swanson. The district covers parts of Riley, Geary, Dickinson and Clay Counties. Junction City and Clay Center are included in the district, but Manhattan is not (it lies in the 22nd District). Martin is a Democrat and a former member of the Kansas Board of Education.
Aaaargh!! They certainly blew that. We’ll quote from our earlier post:
Martin is the Clay County Republican chairperson and is on the Republican State Committee.
How did the Kansas State Collegian mess up so badly? We’ll never know. Another excerpt:
The primary election for the district will be held on August 5.
And as everyone knows, Republicans always run against Democrats in primary elections. Ah well, we’re talking about Kansas.
There’s more in the article about Wilson’s youth and enthusiasm, and nothing much about Kathy. The overall impression is that an energetic young student is challenging a shriveled hag who is presumably out of touch with the state’s young people.
Our guess is that Kathy will totally crush the idealistic fiddle-player, but one never knows. In Kansas, anything is possible.
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