Johnston to challenge Tyson for Kansas Senate

Johnston to challenge Tyson for Kansas Senate

TOPEKA – Chris Johnston, of Ottawa, filed today with the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office to run for the Senate’s 12th District, which includes Anderson, Franklin, and Linn counties along with portions of Allen, Bourbon, and Miami counties.

“I am very unhappy with the path Gov. Brownback and his allies like Senator Tyson have our state on,” said Johnston. “We need a Kansas that works for everyone, not just the wealthy and well-connected. I want to be the voice of average Kansans from District 12 and all across the state.”

Johnston has called Kansas home for more than half his life. He currently owns a small business specializing in helping small, rural businesses with electronic marketing. Prior to starting his own business, he worked in sales and sales training.

“From my experience working with rural small businesses and working in sales, I have seen the impact of the votes cast in Topeka,” said Johnston. “Thanks to the rubber stamping legislature, Kansas has the highest sales tax on food in the country, our schools are inadequately funded, and essential state services, like those provided by Osawatomie State Hospital, are being compromised.”

In addition to fighting for sustainable economic policies and adequate funding for schools, Johnston plans to advocate for access to healthcare and a continued separation of powers with fair courts.

“I will work tirelessly for common sense solutions that strengthen our district and our state,” said Johnston. “It’s time to take Kansas back for Kansans.”

Johnston and his wife, Rhonda, have lived in Ottawa for more than a decade. He has two adult children.