Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Sunday, 30 August 2015
Login |  Register 
 
Find Products or Services in your local community
Sunday
Low  61°
High 93°
Monday
Low  66°
High 97°
Tuesday
Low  70°
High 96°
Wednesday
Low  70°
High 97°
Thursday
Low  70°
High 98°
Friday
Low  69°
High 94°
Saturday
Low  66°
High 90°
Current Temperature in Liberal KS is 89°  
KSCB Radio News US National Business Health & Science Political World Sports Top NPR Headlines Sports National Headlines
KU Student From Liberal To Make Run For 10th District Seat
05/06/2014

 

University student to run for 10th District House seat

Brent Burford/Kansan Nick VanWyhe, a junior from Liberal, is campaigning for the 10th District in the Kansas House of Representatives. VanWyhe joined the Kansas National Gaurd in 2009 and toured in Africa in 2011.

Brent Burford/Kansan
Nick VanWyhe, a junior from Liberal, is campaigning for the 10th District in the Kansas House of Representatives. VanWyhe joined the Kansas National Gaurd in 2009 and toured in Africa in 2011.

University junior Nick VanWyhe registered on April 23 to run as a Republican candidate to represent the 10th District in the House of Representatives. He’s currently the only Republican candidate registered to run in the upcoming election, and as of now will be running against Democratic representative John Wilson.

Among his main reasons for running for a seat in the House, VanWyhe said he’s concerned about the condition of the economy — both at state and federal levels — as well as the dwindling funds for public education in primary and secondary schools, public universities and technical institutions.

“I recognize that the children are the future of the country,” VanWyhe said. “And if you have educated individuals, they’re going to be better off for their future, and it’s also going to take a burden off of the economy as well. The way I look at it, they go hand-in-hand basically.”

Aside from his concerns for the economy and the funding for educational institutions, VanWyhe said he’s also opposed to the government impeding on individual liberties and rights.

Nick’s decision to run for a position in public service isn’t the first decision he’s made to serve his country and state. In 2009, he joined the Kansas National Guard and was later deployed to Africa in 2011 on a combat tour that lasted just over 13 months.

“As far as I could remember, I wanted to join the military for the simple fact to serve, and I did that, so that’s kind of what got me into public interest,” he said. “I want to serve. I want to give back to my country, to the state, to my community.”

Bill VanWyhe, Nick’s adoptive father since he was one year old, said Nick’s been interested in politics since he was a child, describing him as level-headed and a strong debater.

“I don’t think he’ll have any problems holding his own,” Bill said.

Nick’s older sister, Eva VanWyhe, said that for Nick to be registered for candidacy at a young age is a good way for him to begin and further his career in public service.

“I just think that he knows what he wants, and he’s dedicated and determined,” Eva said. “So either way, if he doesn’t get it now I know he will keep trying.”

When asked to describe his political orientation, Nick said that he’s fiscally conservative, but is socially moderate because he wants to balance and integrate individual liberties into current social issues. Running for a seat in the House of Representatives, he said, could potentially delay his schooling an extra semester if he were to be elected, but said he’s more than willing to delay it to serve.

“Everybody asked me, ‘Are you sure you’re going to be able to do that?’ and I said, ‘Yeah, I’m sure I can do that,’” Nick said. “I had to put off school once for my deployment to go and serve, and I’m willing to do the same thing again.”

While running against an incumbent Democratic representative in Lawrence might pose a challenge to Nick, he hopes people will listen to him on the individual issues, and not just look at the “R” next to his name.

“I’m not your typical Republican,” he said. “That’s basically what I’m relying on, is hopefully the people will actually listen to me on the issues rather than casting judgment first.”

- See more at: http://kansan.com/news/2014/05/05/university-student-to-run-for-10th-district-house-seat/#sthash.lJjgJ2EP.dpuf

Nick VanWyhe, a junior at KU, from Liberal, is campaigning for the 10th District in the Kansas House of Representatives. VanWyhe joined the Kansas National Gaurd in 2009 and toured in Africa in 2011.

University junior Nick VanWyhe registered on April 23 to run as a Republican candidate to represent the 10th District in the House of Representatives. He’s currently the only Republican candidate registered to run in the upcoming election, and as of now will be running against Democratic representative John Wilson.

Among his main reasons for running for a seat in the House, VanWyhe said he’s concerned about the condition of the economy — both at state and federal levels — as well as the dwindling funds for public education in primary and secondary schools, public universities and technical institutions.

“I recognize that the children are the future of the country,” VanWyhe said. “And if you have educated individuals, they’re going to be better off for their future, and it’s also going to take a burden off of the economy as well. The way I look at it, they go hand-in-hand basically.”

Aside from his concerns for the economy and the funding for educational institutions, VanWyhe said he’s also opposed to the government impeding on individual liberties and rights.

Nick’s decision to run for a position in public service isn’t the first decision he’s made to serve his country and state. In 2009, he joined the Kansas National Guard and was later deployed to Africa in 2011 on a combat tour that lasted just over 13 months.

“As far as I could remember, I wanted to join the military for the simple fact to serve, and I did that, so that’s kind of what got me into public interest,” he said. “I want to serve. I want to give back to my country, to the state, to my community.”

Bill VanWyhe, Nick’s adoptive father since he was one year old, said Nick’s been interested in politics since he was a child, describing him as level-headed and a strong debater.

“I don’t think he’ll have any problems holding his own,” Bill said.

Nick’s older sister, Eva VanWyhe, said that for Nick to be registered for candidacy at a young age is a good way for him to begin and further his career in public service.

“I just think that he knows what he wants, and he’s dedicated and determined,” Eva said. “So either way, if he doesn’t get it now I know he will keep trying.”

When asked to describe his political orientation, Nick said that he’s fiscally conservative, but is socially moderate because he wants to balance and integrate individual liberties into current social issues. Running for a seat in the House of Representatives, he said, could potentially delay his schooling an extra semester if he were to be elected, but said he’s more than willing to delay it to serve.

“Everybody asked me, ‘Are you sure you’re going to be able to do that?’ and I said, ‘Yeah, I’m sure I can do that,’” Nick said. “I had to put off school once for my deployment to go and serve, and I’m willing to do the same thing again.”

While running against an incumbent Democratic representative in Lawrence might pose a challenge to Nick, he hopes people will listen to him on the individual issues, and not just look at the “R” next to his name.

“I’m not your typical Republican,” he said. “That’s basically what I’m relying on, is hopefully the people will actually listen to me on the issues rather than casting judgment first.”
Contact Tom Dehart at tomdehart@kansan.com
 

 

© Tom Dehart/University Daily Kansan
You will need to be logged in to leave a comment.
Please Login

characters left

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our Terms of Use.



MOST VIEWED STORIES
Guymon PD Needs Help Locating Suspect
Taxi Driver Robbed, Liberal Teens Invovled
Letter From Seward County Regarding Saturday's Enduro Races
Ulysses Woman Charged With Murder, Child Abuse
Liberal's Kuhnel Tops Baseball America List
Baker Arts Center Announces Brews and Barbeque Winners
Liberal Native Looks To Bring Pro Wrestling Back To Tulsa
480 Board Gives Permission to Hire Temporary Teachers
City Commission Meets, Approves Interceptor Line
LPD Says, "You Drink, You Drive, You Lose
Click Here For All Stories

LATEST STORIES
Liberal's Kuhnel Tops Baseball America List
Ulysses Woman Charged With Murder, Child Abuse
LHS Volleyball Looks to Get Back to Winning Ways  
Irby Expects Improved Tennis Team  
Liberal Native Looks To Bring Pro Wrestling Back To Tulsa
Seward Comeback Stuns Colby
Sublette Looks to Out-Fox Opponents in 2015  
Texhoma Looks to Continue Winning Ways
LPD Says, "You Drink, You Drive, You Lose
Hutch Women Regain Eligibility
Click Here For All Stories
Click Here for KSCB Talk Radio 1270 am
Click Here for B107.5
Click Here for The Legend 102.7
click Here for ozzBlog
Click Here for the Emergency Alert Hanbook

©2015 Seward County Broadcasting Company, Inc.
1410 N. Western Ave. Liberal, KS 67901

Emergency Alert System | EEO Public Report Form | The Public and Broadcasting

Powered by Radio Media Group