By NICK GOSNELL
HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Republican 102nd District House candidate John Whitesel has a singular focus to his campaign.
"The taxes and regulations in this state are really out of control," Whitsel said. "We are the number four highest taxed state in the nation. We're right behind New York and California. For individuals, this state is not a good place if you like low taxes and I'm hoping to change that."
Whitesel believes that government should shrink.
"Before you can cut taxes, you've got to reduce spending," Whitesel said. "I mean, there's no way around that. Yeah, you can grow your way to prosperity, but realistically you need to spend less money and if that's not at the core of it then no matter what you bring in, you're always going to spend it."
He's not interested in targeting cuts.
"I think you need to cut across the board," Whitesel said. "I really do. Then, if you make a cut across the board then you can put things back into the things that matter most. Where those things are would of course, be negotiated, but, you're never going to get specific cuts, because you're never going to get enough people to target any specific area to cut."
Whitesel is running against Democrat incumbent Jason Probst in November.