The Republican nomination for U.S. Senate is heating up as the campaigns enter the home stretch. The primary is Aug. 4.
Dave Lindstrom, R-Overland Park, said voters have a choice in the race.
“The main difference is I am not a career politician,” Lindstrom said. “The folks running for this office have been plugged into statewide or federal politics for a long time. They are creatures of that environment. I am an outsider in many respects. I am an outsider in the respect I have owned and operated my own business. I know what it is like to create jobs, create opportunities for people, build an economy, balance a budget, sign the front of a check and be responsible to folks who work with you. I am somebody who doesn’t need to be U.S. Senator. I am doing it for the sake of serving opposed to self-serving. I think that is a significant difference between me and the others in the race.”
The other top candidates include Kris Kobach, former Kansas Secretary of State; Roger Marshall, U.S. Representative in District 1; Susan Wagle, Kansas Senate President; and Pat LaTurner, Kansas Treasurer.
“Why should people consider me opposed to some other options they have,” Lindstrom said. “I have a fresh approach and ideas. They are common-sense ideas that folks who are there right now don’t be taking heed of. I believe in balancing the budget and term limits. I don’t believe in creating an opportunity for me to work in the federal government for a lifetime. We are passionate about what we are doing. The reason I am running is I believe in Kansas, Kansans, and I think we can have a better tomorrow.”
The top issues include health care, economy and how to help Kansas farmers. Lindstrom’s foundation is built on Kansas values.
“We are pro-life, for the second amendment, balancing the budget, making sure our borders are secure,” Lindstrom said. “I am not for the concept many politicians talk about all the time in Washington, D.C and that is socialism. This state and country was built on the backs of people who worked hard, sacrificed to make something for themselves.”
Lindstrom is ready to tackle health care head-on.
“Health care is a pivotal campaign issue,” he said. “Our campaign believes we need to take the focus off of fee for service model we have designed right now. That rewards providers for strictly numbers. We believe it should be based on more patient outcomes. Are you actually having an impact on people you are trying to improve their health. We want market transparency, accessibility, and affordability. I don’t believe healthcare is a right, but something that needs to be accessible for folks.”
He said dealing with health issues and pandemics such as COPID-19 would be easier to treat with improved broadband in rural areas.
“If we had tele-medicine and broadband in the rural areas that is a way for us to access people in their homes, not only in major populated areas, but in rural areas,” he said.
Lindstrom believes in the resiliency of the Kansas farmer.
“I am listening to those folks,” Lindstrom said. “They want to continue to manage land that has been in their family for generations. Those folks are patriots. They are willing to make any sacrifice for the benefit of the country. They are not willing to be martyrs as it relates to the tariffs and hardships they have been suffering.”
Lindstrom, who has been a small business owner, wants to be involved in helping Kansas attract businesses of all sizes.
“Small business is always terrific,” he said. “When you bring in big business, many times small businesses are feeders off that. Either one is not more important than the other. We can do both. We need to capitalize on the strengths that Kansas has. We have a tremendous work force here.”
Lindstrom wants to help businesses with less regulations and keeping taxes down.
“I want to listen to our businesses and asking them what is that government can do for you to allow you to be more prosperous as long as it is legal, ethical and moral,” he said.
Transportation is one aspect Lindstrom, a former chairman of the Kansas Turnpike Authority, wants to champion. He said Kansas is in the heart of the U.S. and needs to take advantage of that.
“You need to focus on things that are a strong point in our state and encourage folks to come here,” he said. “Our quality of life and economy is unmatched in the world. We need to talk more about that.”