Don Merriman announces plan to run against Sen. Tom Arpke



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December 1, 2015   Don Merriman, 785-452-0560

Don Merriman announces plan to run against Sen. Tom Arpke

TOPEKA – Don Merriman, of Salina, announced today that he will run against Sen. Tom Arpke to represent the 24th Senate District, which includes Saline County and a portion of Dickinson County.

“The 24th district needs better representation in Topeka,” said Merriman. “I am concerned for the future of Kansas, and believe Sen. Arpke will only continue to vote for Gov. Brownback’s agenda, which continues to fail our district and our state.”

Merriman is a lifelong resident of Salina. He is currently the Saline County Clerk and Election Officer, where he has served since 2000.

“From my experience working in county government, I know first-hand how the votes cast in Topeka impact our community,” said Merriman. “Just this year, schools in our district lost nearly $2 million with the switch to the block grant plan, and the money transferred out of the highway fund to stabilize the budget prevents repairs to our aging roads and bridges.”

In addition to fighting for adequate funding for schools and key infrastructure projects, Merriman plans to continue to serve as a vocal advocate for disability rights and a sustainable budget that provides critical support services for Kansans.

“I will work tirelessly for common sense solutions that strengthen our district and our state,” said Merriman. “Unless I’m ill, I’m not taking a day off. Unlike Sen. Arpke, I understand that it is an elected official’s responsibility to represent the entire district for the entire time.”

Merriman is married to Debbie Holmes. Prior to serving in county government, he spent 26 years working in heating and cooling engineering and sales.

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