Farmer, Teacher Announced Run for Kansas House District 69
Monday, November 18, 2019
Salina, Kan. --- Ryan Holmquist is announcing his bid for the 69th Kansas House seat in northwest Saline County. Holmquist, 37, is a lifelong Kansan and farms on his family's original 151 year old Saline County homestead. Former Kansas Governor and Salina native son John Carlin is serving as Holmquist’s campaign treasurer.
Ryan Holmquist was educated in Kansas public schools and earned degrees from Bethany College and the University of Kansas. In addition to owning and operating the family farm, Holmquist has been a teacher at Salina Central High School for the past twelve years and received the Salina Journal Amazing Teacher Award last year.
“As a public school teacher,” said Holmquist, “I’ve seen first hand how extremist political experiments hurt our kids and threaten our community’s future. We need to get back to the basics of reducing the cost of healthcare, making sure each kid has a great education that opens up opportunity, and creating a fair tax system which starts with reducing the tax on food, not giving tax breaks to giant multinational corporations.”
As a 5th generation Saline County farmer, Ryan has watched family farms go into foreclosure as career politicians cater to big money special interests instead of working families. He believes the community deserves someone at the table in Topeka who serves the people of Saline County, not political parties or big donors.
“My family has been here through a century and a half of highs and lows. We’ve survived floods that nearly took us off the map, but now the biggest threat comes from political extremism that threatens our schools, our hospitals, our safety, and our quality of life. There are many issues facing the 69th district, and solving them begins with electing a Representative that fights for working families.”
Kansas House Democratic Leader, Representative Tom Sawyer, said, "There’s such enthusiasm in the Salina area for new representation. It's time for a Democrat to win this seat and to serve Salina with integrity -- someone who'll put the community first, rather than personal agendas."