Fredonia business owner switches parties, files to challenge Forrest Knox

TOPEKA – Carl Shay, Jr., of Fredonia, filed Tuesday with the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office for the Senate’s 14th District, which includes Chautauqua, Coffey, Elk, Greenwood, Wilson, and Woodson counties along with portions of Butler, Cowley, Labette, and Montgomery counties.

“I decided to change parties when I came to the conclusion that the Kansas Republican Party had turned to a hard core ideology rather than pragmatic solutions in how it handled many, if not all of its issues,” said Shay. “The Legislature spends more time trying to concern folks with wedge issues while hiding behind statistics that only hold half the story.”

Shay is a lifelong resident of the district. He says he was compelled to run against Knox because he believes rural Kansans deserve better than the destructive policies of Gov. Brownback that Knox has a track record of supporting.

“I was led to run against Knox when it became more than apparent that he would not use his position to rein in Gov. Brownback, but rather he had become an enabler in a political direction that has devastated the state financially as well as infrastructurally,” said Shay. “All of the governor’s plans have been potentially devastating to rural Kansas and the rural way of life.”

Shay is currently serving his second term on the USD 484 School Board. Prior to that he served four years as a Wilson County Reserve Deputy.

“I have a track record of serving our community,” said Shay. “I will dedicate my service to defending the needs of rural Kansans. Education, highways, hospitals, and an independent judiciary are necessary to sustain a vibrant rural way of life.”

Shay is a small business owner as an Independent Distributor for Hiland Dairy Foods. He is a graduate of Altoona Midway High School and Allen County Community College. He and his wife, Sara, have five kids.