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2018 - Aug

ttn logoAugust, 2018: Welcome to my latest adventure!

Kim Schultz

How did August get here? I have not gotten enough summer fun in for this year!! I mean, I am busy but not enough pool and friends time! 

Kim's Excellent Adventures

I actually live in Topeka, I never say, there is nothing to do or I am bored. I miss out on so much stuff!

 

Robin & Kim go on our first out of state Adventure -  We got in the car and headed to Colorado. We needed a work session where we could not be disturbed. This means we came back with a lot of stuff to do! We also had a lot of fun! We stopped in Lucas, KS to visit the Garden of Eden. We spent the night in Goodland, KS. Enjoyed a trip to Walmart, Sonic and the Hot Tub! We had no plans and fun was to be had. We stayed with Robin's Sister and Brother Inlaw for two nights and then Randy for two nights! We didn't do a lot but we did enough! We slept a lot and just hung with friends! We did make it to the pool one day! Drove through the mountains and found a really cool little city for lunch! Our friend Randy works nights so we needed to give him time to sleep on his days off! On the way home we planned our future! Now to make those plans reality!

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Fourth of July -  Collin Park Parade and Kolton's birthday. Then I went to Lenexa for a pool party and dinner!

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Royals Game with the Blocks -  Tom and I went to the Royals game with Steve and Robin. We lost the game but had a great time. While we were there were did a video with Steve following the release of his Copcar Lip Sync video that went Viral. Not to brag but we also go over 12,000 on our video! Not millions but it was still awesome! 

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July Toes -  Summer is Pedicure season! Nail World does a great job!

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Meetings- I have tons of them!!

 

Partners in Excellence, If you want to join a networking meeting, this is a fun one!! Every Wednesday, 9:30 am at Lawyers Title! I hope to see you there sometime!

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AWE- Shannon Engler spoke about your elevator speech! It was a very good presenation. 

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ING Meeting - Due to vacation and other meetings, I didn't make it to ING this month. Wednesday is just way too busy with networking.

    

ENGAGE Meeting - My friend Chris talked about different types of insurance you might need for your business! I like the meetings when we have speakers!!

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Supper Club: Our second supper club was at Pizzeria Via and it was a nice crowd! The pizza is amazing and the owner, Joe Bullock is a very awesome guys. I hope you find the time to give their pizza a try!

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Slash N Bash Film Festival -  This year the big event is in Lawrence at Liberty Hall and will include famous actors, directors and others!! You don't want to miss this weekend of films! Aug 17 and 18th!  Setting up our interviews with the stars and directors that will be coming to Topeka!

    

Social Butterflies star in Weekly Wednesday Live - Remember when I said we planned out our entire year, Well this is just one thing we will be doing weekly. Businesses can pay a very small fee for use to visit their business around 11 am on Wednesday! If you are intertested in being a weekly sponsor, give Andrea Ard at A HA Momement Marketing. She can get you on the schedule!

 

 

 

Mexican Fiesta - It wouldn't be July without the Fiesta Mexicana! The Social Butterflies went to grab some yummy dinner and see who we could find! 

 

 

          

Tourism Alliance - We need to get the attractions back and start a conversation!

 

Instagram - There are so many different platforms on social media. The next one I am starting to learn is Instagram. The Topeka Social Media Club hosted a guest speaker at 712 Innovations. Bita did an awesome job. I have so much more to learn!!

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Podcast- My friend Joey tried to do a podcast with me but it didn't turn out so we will have to do it again! The Social Butterflies will start their very own podcast in September! We have a lot to say and tons of various topics to talk about! 

          

Social Butterflies From Kansas closing in on 1000 likes!  -Our goal is to have 1000 likes by Sept 1, 2018.  That would be 4 months! Now to see if our fans can help us make this goal!  We have a really cool 1000 like vidoe our graphic team made for us!! 

 

 

My 6 month dental appointment -I am weird, I like going to the dentist. I have a great one!! After my appointment, no cavities, I did a Facebook live with  my dentist and one of the other dentists. Dr. Marengo took us back behind the scenes and showed us all their technology!

 

 

 

    

Hairball  - They are always a really fun time! They will be at TPAC on Nov 16th, get your tickets now!! They are a big hair band that dress like many different bands!

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BAM! Know why Before You Buy Conference - September 6th at TPAC. Branding Advertising & Marketing for any size business!

 

Talk About Topeka LIVE Returns to TPAC - New location, New format but still the same annoying host. HAHA!!  This has to be one of my brother's best ideas ever! Frank is really the one who needs a pat on the back with all the technology he has brought to this amazing show!! 

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You know they will be successful when they bring on the Social Butterflies From Kansas on one of their first shows!! DUH!!

 

   

The View from My NOTO Studio

Barbara Waterman Peters

 

View from my Studio

By Barbara Waterman-Peters

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Barbara Waterman-Peters

A wall of gray dust stormed through NOTO, channeling the Dust Bowl.  Propelled by high winds, it scooped up boxes, signs, glass and leaves as it swirled through the street, past my window. Light dimmed. Some of the artists in my studio gathered at the door or outside to witness the unusual conditions and to take photos. Across the street, a restaurant employee desperately hung onto a door, terrified it would fly open and shatter the glass.

My reaction was to keep painting. I could do nothing until the storm passed anyway. Then perhaps, I would need to spring into action. As it happened, rain began to fall, the roof in the back began to leak and we all quickly rallied to move art out of harm’s way!

Such a sudden change in the atmosphere, in the weather, is akin to life. Normality can become chaos in a few seconds.

 

 

Featured Artist at STUDIO 831 will be Lois VanLiew.

Title of her show: "Prairie Prelude"

Title of painting: "Firefly Reflections"

Lois VanLiew Firefly Reflections

 

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New Businesses

A Ha Moment Marketing

Andrea Ard

785-256-0884

A Ha Moment

 

 

Gourmet Treats Topeka

Gourmettreatstopeka.com

  

Essentia Salon & Spa

5900 SW Huntoon St. Ste A2

Topeka, KS 66604

785-783-7130

https://www.essentiasalonandspa.com/

 

Total Fit Body Boot Camp

 5626 SW 29th St

Topeka, KS 

785-408-5269

https://www.fitbodybootcamp.com/topekafitnessbootcamp/

 

Gun Garage & Shooting Range

2120 NE Meriden Rd, Topeka, KS 66608

785-246-4867

http://www.gungaragefirearms.com/

 

  

Pizzeria Via Family Dining

738 SW Gage Blvd

785-215-6100

Pizzeria Via Family Dining offers hand crafted and stone baked pizza, salads, grinders, wraps, wings and we also serve a variety of alcoholic beverages.

 

Hidden Hill Farms of Kansas

7320 SW Indian Hills Rd

Auburn, KS 66402

COMING in June 2018

Wedding and Event Venue

 

Guest Writer..Henry Moore

We love our guest writers!  Welcome Back Henry Moore

Henry Moose August 2018

 

 

How You Can Transform Your Next Business Trip into an Adventure

In our increasingly interconnected global economy, more and more businesses are sending employees to cities near and far. For some professions, traveling is the norm and over time the frequent business trips start to feel more like a chore and less of like an adventure. Just because you’re on the clock doesn’t mean you cannot create a lasting experience on your upcoming trip. Whether you’re a stalwart employee with heaps of travel miles under your belt, or a just newbie traveling on business for the first time, here are some tips for making the most of your next business trip.

  1. Do Your Research

Before you ever set foot in a meeting room, you always come prepared. You know what you’re going to say and all the nuanced details about your presentation. When you’re traveling for business, why not put the same kind of research into the city or town that you are visiting? Every city has something unique to offer—an experience waiting to be discovered. If you spend the entire time in the confines of the office building and your hotel, you probably will never find out what’s truly great about the city you’re staying in. Even something as simple as a Google search can reveal all kinds of cool spots and fun activities you can do once the workday is over.

  1. Know Your Schedule

Once you’ve done a little research and have a good lay of the land, you can start tentatively making plans for ways to get out and explore while away on work. The word “tentative” is key here; Itineraries for business trips tend to change quite frequently, so it’s important not to make plans that are too concrete. Don’t buy tickets to see a movie or show that starts at a specific time. You never know when a business meeting might get pushed back. Instead, prepare a list of different bars, restaurants, theaters and other things to do in the area. Include their hours of business as well as a rough estimate about how long it takes to commute there from your hotel. Keeping a rough list of things to do allows you to stay flexible with your company’s schedule, allowing you to get a nice mixture of leisure along with your business.

  1. Try Something New

Part of having an adventure is experiencing something new. If you travel to a new city and you only eat the same kind of food you would back home, you won’t have as memorable experience than if you tried a local delicacy that you’ve never tried before. It doesn’t matter if you enjoyed that strange spicy dish you had in Tokyo, the point is that you tried something for the very first time. Who knows, you may even experience something that you really enjoy, or that completely changes your life. Don’t look pass activities that involve getting out of the city such as going to the beach, or hitting the trails. If your business requires you to frequently visit the same location, you can even set different things to do for each trip until you try them all.

  1. Invite Co-Workers

Nothing is better than experiencing something new with a friend, so why not bring along a work colleague to your out-of-town adventures? This could be a great chance to form a closer relationship with someone you work with, and it’s always great to have someone to talk about shared experiences later back at the office. Having someone to experience new things with can really enhance your next great adventure.

After you spend a couple of years traveling for work, you come to learn a few things, such as how to get speedily get through TSA screening, or the importance of keeping your home secured while you’re frequently away on business.

One of the most important things you can learn in your travels is to keep the sense of awe and discovery alive. By continually creating new experiences during your business trips, traveling for work will feel less like work and more like a new adventure.

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BINGO

American Legion Capital Post 1

(37th St)


Sunday: Bingo    5:45   open to the public
Tuesday Bingo   5:45   open to the public
Wednesday  Texas Holdum  6:30 (members & their guest only)
Friday     Texas Holdum 6 & 9 (members & their guest only)

The following are public events

American Legion Post 400 (Hwy 24)


Monday and Thursday - Doors Open - 5:00 PM / Early Bird - 6:30 PM / Regular Bingo - 7:00 PM

 

Arab Shrine Temple

1305 S Kansas Ave

 

Capitol BINGO

2050 SE 30th

(785) 266-5532

Wed: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Fri: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Sun: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

These groups donate time and money to the community of Topeka.
Early birds start at 6:30 PM on Wednesday and Friday with regular session starting at 7:00 PM. Early birds start at 6:00 PM on Sunday with regular session starting at 6:30 PM. Pull Tabs and Event Games sold with full concession stand. Doors open at 4:00 PM.

 

B-I-N-G-O  for Hayden High School


Every Monday, Thursday and Saturday at Hayden High School
401 SW Gage, Topeka, KS
Session begins 6:30pm
Minimum of only $7 to play!
Nightly minimum
payout $2,150   to maximum $4,250

 

VFW Post 1650

3110 SW Huntoon Street, Topeka, KS 66604 

EVERY WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY NIGHT 

DOORS OPEN AT 3:30 P.M.

EARLY BIRD GAMES AT 6:00 PM, REGULAR GAMES AT 6:30 PM
Bring a non-perishable food item for a free speedball bingo sheet

$1,200 PRIZE MONEY TO WIN  EACH NIGHT

PROGRESSIVE JACKPOT BUILDS UP TO $1,000

POT of GOLD $140 WINNERS IN EACH GAME

 PULL TABS WITH $150 WINNERS IN EACH GAME

NON-SMOKING HALL   

Children 7 years and older welcome with adult

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC     Bring your family and friends to play bingo

Food Kitchen opens at 5:30 p.m.   Courtesy of VFW Auxiliary 

VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS POST 1650

TEL: 785-235-9073

 

 

Keith the Critic

Keith VansickleKeith the Critic

https://www.facebook.com/keiththecriticvansickle/ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mama MiaMama Mia:  Here We Go Again

This movie has been widely anticipated since the announcement of a Momma Mia sequel.  It's been five years since Meryl Streep played spunky Donna Sheridan whose youthful exuberance found her pregnant by one of three possible men.  Now Donna has passed on and her daughter, Sophie, again played by Amanda Seyfried, is 25 and determined to make her mother's hotel a success with a grand reopening.  To Sophie's dismay, her now husband, Sky, played by Dominic Cooper, chooses to stay in New York where his career is beginning to bloom.  In addition, her dads, Harry and Bill (Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgard) cannot make it either.  She will, however, have the support of dad, Sam (Pierce Brosnan), and her mom's friends, Tanya and Julie (Christine Baranski and Rosie Mulligan). 

The movie is interspersed with the tale of a young Donna, played by Lily James, and how she met the three men who could now be Sophie's dad.  At times you are seeing current times, and at others the past.

I enjoyed this Momma Mia sequel.  I thought it was just as good as the original and possibly better.  The songs and dancing were fabulous.  I've heard that some people didn't think the songs were that good, but as a child of the 70's and 80's, I loved Abba and loved the song selection in the movie.  Cher played the part of Donna's mother and sang the Abba classic, "Fernando", to my delight.  Lily James, Amanda Seyfirend, and Meryl Streep all were fantastic and have great voices as well.  As expected, the acting by all three was superb as was that of the rest of the cast, including Cher and Andy Garcia. 

I loved this movie so much that I've found myself whistling the tunes.  It's a fun family movie and well worth the price of admission.  I gave it 4 out of 4 stars.  Go see this movie. Four out of Four Stars

 

 

 

The First Purge

The First Purge

This is a prequel to the three previous Purge movies.  The New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) believe that the United States problems are broadly caused by the poor and that the country can no longer afford them.  An experiment is to be conducted on Staten Island where for one night crime is legal, including murder.  The NFFA plans to pay each willing participant $5000.  In exchange, they must wear contact lenses equipped with cameras and allow a tracking device to be implanted. 

Nya is a young black woman played by Lex Scott Davis who lives in a rundown apartment building on Staten Island.  She vehemently works to stop the Purge from occurring while trying to protect her younger brother, Isaiah, from the streets of New York.  Isaiah wants a better life and starts selling drugs.  He is attacked by Skeletor (Rotimi Paul) who is a drug addict infatuated with Nya.  He slashes Isaiah on the neck.  When Nya finds out, she confronts local drug king, Dmitri (Y'lan Noel) who is her ex-boyfriend.  Neither Dmitri or Nya plan to participate in the Purge, but Skeletor does.  Nya and Dmitri must find a way to stay safe. 

I don't care for any of the Purge movies but of all of them, this was the best.  Y'lan Noel and Lex Scott Davis were great in their roles.  The storyline is better and the makeup on Skeletor was outstanding giving him the crazed look that was needed for the part. 

There are many Purge fans, so I will always try to keep an open mind.  The 1st movie was OK, but the following movies, not so much.  This one is a slight improvement but I can't agree with the fact that they are making this a TV series.   However, I will give it a shot.  The previous movies only received a 2 out of 4 rating from me, but I'll raise this one a bit to 2 1/2 out of 4 stars due to slightly better writing. 2 1 2 out of 4 stars

 

 

Hotel TransylvaniaHotel Transylvania 3:  Summer Vacation

This third installment of the Hotel Transylvania animated movies again has Adam Sandler voicing the lead role of Count Dracula.  His daughter, Mavis, who is voiced by Selena Gomez, plans a vacation for the family on a cruise.  Drac falls in love with Ericka, who is the captain of the ship (voiced by Kathryn Hahn).  But Ericka is the great-granddaughter of Professor Abraham Van Helsing, voiced by Jim Gaffigan.  Van Helsing has plans to rid the world of monsters with his great-granddaughter's assistance.

I loved the previous two Hotel Transylvania films.  I'm an Adam Sandler fan as well so I couldn't wait to see this movie.  However, I was disappointed. The other characters' voice parts included that of Kevin James, David Spade, Fran Drescher, Mel Brooks, and Steve Buscemi.  They were all great but overall this movie was lacking.  Parts of the movie were very funny, but there were periods of time when not much happened.  The script needed to be less predictable and more entertaining, but the kids will love it.

As I said, lower your expectations, and you'll be OK, especially if you take a little one.  I gave it only 2 1/2 out of 4 stars. 2 1 2 out of 4 stars

 

 

 

 

Skyscraper

Skyscraper

After a three month hiatus from the silver screen, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson returns in “Skyscraper.” Written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, “Skyscraper” is centered on Will Sawyer, played by Johnson, as a U.S. war veteran and former leader of the FBI Hostage Rescue Team. After losing one of his legs during his last mission with the FBI, Sawyer now finds himself assessing security for skyscrapers. His newest assignment takes him and his family to Hong Kong, where he is to inspect the security of “The Pearl,” the worlds tallest building. At 3,500 feet tall, “The Pearl” offers residents the experience of dining, working and living in a state-of-the-art skyscraper. But when an international terrorist group takes his family hostage and frames him for the fire they caused in the building, Sawyer is left with no choice but to fight through “The Pearl” to save his family and name.

Unfortunately, Thurber’s script and direction fails to provide the film’s talented cast with serviceable material. You would think it’d be easy—all the elements of a summer blockbuster are there. You have a bankable star in Johnson, a true talent in Neve Campbell, and the world’s tallest building on fire. But still, Thurber finds a way to disappoint. That is, until the film’s final act, which featured little dialogue and a whole lot of action. The journey to that point, however, is hardly worth the time or money in the theater. Overall, “Skyscraper” is yet another film with a solid cast and a hole-ridden script. 1 1/2 out of 4 stars.  One half star

 

 

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Guest Writer - Daniel Sherwin

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Daniel Sherwin

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Daniel August 2018

 

Traveling with Kids: Tips to Have a Drama-Free Vacation

Starting a family doesn't mean you have to give up your wanderlust, but it does require some special considerations. Traveling as a family means squeezing together in lots of small spaces, from airplanes to cars to hotel rooms. To keep everyone angst-free on the go, you need a plan. Here's where to start.

On a Plane

Flying alone can be a bit stressful, but taking a flight with kids is a whole different ball game. Not only do you have to keep your kids moving in a busy airport, but you're also responsible for keeping track of tickets, luggage, strollers and in-flight entertainment for the whole family.

Minimize stress by taking advantage of early boarding for families with small children and purchase tickets for your kids, even if they qualify as lap children. On all but the shortest of flights, flying with a squirming child in your lap is only uncomfortable for you both. Pack activities and snacks to keep kids content during the flight. If your child experiences pain from ear popping, follow KidsHealth's tips for easing ear pain during flights.

In the Car

Many parents prefer driving over flying. While it takes longer, driving offers more flexibility so parents can keep kids happy and avoid angry glares from fellow travelers. If you do opt for a family road trip, make sure you schedule more time than you need. Between bathroom breaks and snack stops, road tripping with kids can take longer than Google Maps suggests.

If you have time to spare, get kids involved in planning your road trip route. Picking out fun roadside destinations to stop at gives children something to look forward to during long stretches on the road. Roadside America is a great place to start. Print out paper maps of your route and highlight stops so kids can track progress along the journey.

Keep kids stocked with fun car activities, but avoid packing so much that the back seat turns into a disaster zone. Handheld games, coloring books, dolls and movies are good forms of in-car entertainment. Arm yourself with car games that you can play with the kids when they're bored of entertaining themselves. Even if a game of I Spy isn't that exciting for you, it leaves your kids with fond family memories to last a lifetime.

At the Hotel

Cramming a big family into a small hotel room is not a recipe for a good night's rest. But whether to save money or to keep an eye on little ones, many families are stuck squeezing the whole gang into one room when they stop for the night. To avoid nighttime discomfort, research hotels that offer connecting rooms or multi-room suites before you depart.

If you have one or two children, a larger room may not be necessary. However, it's still important to consider sleeping arrangements. Don't count on the hotel having a crib to lend you — even if there's a crib available, there's no guarantee it will be something you're comfortable putting your baby in. Instead, pack a travel crib that you can easily assemble in a corner of your hotel room.

Travel cribs are great for hotels because their compact size lets you put your baby to relax in a dark part of the room while you stay up. While there are blackout shades designed specifically to keep travel cribs dark, many parents have discovered these compact cribs fit perfectly into a hotel bathroom or walk-in closet, eliminating the need for an extra item in your luggage. If you buy a lightweight version with a carrying case, you can even take it through the airport with you to let your little one play or nap during long layovers.

When you keep your kids fed, rested and entertained during travel, you're less likely to experience meltdowns on the go. However, it's important to remember that travel disrupts kids' routines, and a little discontent is to be expected. Prepare as well as you can and remind yourself to stay patient throughout your travels. If you can make your first trip a good experience, your little ones will get better and better with each passing journey.

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Using EverythingTopeka.com

This website is a prototype for an idea that I have been working on for ten years! It is continually changing and I hope to make this the main site for anyone that wants to find something in Topeka to use.

It is being built with those who live in Topeka and the surrounding area but not limited to them.

There are 4 sections to this website.

  1. The Topeka Newsletter is the first part.  It is going through some major overhaul since most of the information can now be found in a better organized manner on the website.  This is free for any locally owned business to use to promote their business.
  2. The Community Calendar is actually the most important part of this website, right now.  Each community should be informed on what is going on. This doesn't just mean the bar scene. When I say informed, I mean fundraisers, sports, daily food and drink specials, sales, entertainment, recreation and anything else going on.  This calendar tries to include anything that the public is invited to. There is no charge to include your events.  We enter all the events so it saves business owners time. They just need to send us the information and we will take it from there.
  3. Everything Topeka is a plethora of information compiled in a map based program.  Here you can search and find different venues in different categories. You can pick one or all categories to search. This search will not find information that is not on the map though so you will need to use the website search function also. It is free to be listed with a simple profile and an affordable way to enhance your listing.
  4. Everything Else is more businesses that are not listed in the Map feature. There is a guide page that actually will lead you in the right direction.  http://everythingtopeka.com/everything-topeka/all-categories  It is free to be listed with a simple profile and an affordable way to enhance your listing.

Searching EverythingTopeka.com

We have 2 different search bars.  We use a program called Hot Spot and it does not integrate with the rest of the website at this time.  So you will need to use both places if you can't find what you are looking for.  Search Articles option will search everything but the maps. It even includes the calendar.

 

 

2018 Elections

If you are not already registerd to vote, make sure you get registered so you have a voice. Dates can be found on the below website

http://www.elections.mytimetovote.com/kansas.html

Primary August 7th  Must be registered by:

General Election November 6th Must be registered by:

 

2nd Congressional District

https://ballotpedia.org/Kansas%27_2nd_Congressional_District_election,_2018

Steve Watkins Officially Announces Candidacy for Kansas' 2nd Congressional District Seat Wants to Bring Conservative Kansas Values & Army Leadership to Politicians in Washington

Topeka, KS- Today, Steve Watkins is officially announcing his candidacy for Kansas' 2nd Congressional District seat.

“New people and ideas are needed to restore respectability and integrity to public service, as well as solve the complex domestic and international problems of tomorrow,” said Steve Watkins.

 

A sixth generation Kansan, Steve Watkins learned his values from his parents. His father, an Air Force veteran and well-respected doctor, and mother, a retired public school teacher, instilled values of hard work, service to country, and integrity at a young age. Steve Watkins served his country heroically in war out of a sense of duty. He fought fraud, waste, and abuse as a defense department contractor and would fight for Kansans in Congress. Steve believes in smaller government, fiscal responsibility, lower taxes, and ending illegal immigration. A patriotic leader with strong family ties and faith, Steve believes peace comes from military strength and a secure border.

Steve studied engineering at the United States Military Academy at West Point and has master’s degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard.

“Great leaders fight. I’ve spent my career fighting for America, but great leaders also bring people together. That’s what I did in Iraq and Afghanistan—and I will do it in Washington,” said Steve Watkins.

Steve Watkins is not a politician or lawyer. Steve is an entrepreneur, conservative problem-solver, leader, family-man, and patriot.

Steve Watkins added: “My campaign slogan is 'Kansans Can Do Anything.' A unifying message that also pushes back against the so-called 'New England liberal elites' who see Kansas as nothing more than a ‘flyover-state.’ I’m proud to be a Kansan and I hope to make everyone proud as their Congressman — I won’t let you down.”

 

Kansas Secretary of State

Craig McCullah

http://www.mccullahforkansas.com/

 

Craig McCullah was born and raised in Topeka KS and has dedicated his career to public service. His experience in state government began with the Kansas Legislative Research Department before becoming the Director of Public Affairs and Human Resources for the Office of Kansas Secretary of State. In 2016 Craig was promoted to Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and led the agency’s Administrative Division.

His accomplishments at the agency include eliminating pagination costs of the Kansas Register and the Kansas Administrative Regulations publications, saving the agency $40,000 annually. He also led the procurement and management of a new web-based Uniform Commercial Code filing application that eliminates e-check transaction fees, reducing agency expenditures approximately $250,000 per year.  Click Here for More

  

 

Shawnee County Commissioner District 1

 

Carol Marple

https://www.carolforcommissioner.com/

Hi, I'm Carol Marple.  I've been a Shawnee County resident for over 60 years, and I'm running as a Republican for the office of Shawnee County Commissioner for District 1.

Over many years, I've had countless opportunities to meet people from all over the community.  The top 3 concerns I constantly hear about are the conditions of our roads, the conditions of our parks and recreational facilities, and how there is a lack of transparency in our county government.  Let me be clear, like you, I am absolutely concerned about the state of affairs in our county.  I completely understand your needs to have safe roads to travel on, great parks and recreational facilities to spend time with friends and family, and transparency in government so that you can have a voice in what matters to you the most.  I truly believe that being a County Commissioner is a full-time job, with a great many responsibilities to the People of Shawnee County.  Click Here for More

 

 

 

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