tack mailers against me a few weeks ago, his latest personal negative attack mailer is just another desperate attempt by him to divert attention away from the fact that after serving as a state representative for 18 years — an entire generation — he has become a “professional politician” in Topeka. IT IS TRULY TIME FOR A CHANGE!

Let’s put the facts in their proper context. During the 8 years I served on the Hays City Commission and the 6 years I have been serving on the Ellis County Commission my attendance record is 90 percent. During the times when my absence was unavoidable, I did my best to coordinate in advance with my fellow Commissioners and the County Administrator to ensure business could be conducted.

I will not allow my campaign to lower itself to the level of Mr. Phelps’ campaign. I will continue a positive campaign focused on the issues, and let the voters decide whether they want a fresh new voice in Topeka or the same old voice that has been there for an entire generation — 18 years.

If missing a handful of meetings due to my recovery from open heart surgery, and if taking care of my 91-year-old mother (who lived in Chicago and now lives in Savannah, Ga.) from time to time disqualifies me from holding public office in the eyes of some voters and the local and state Democratic Party then we’ve got a real societal problem in this community.

Barbara Wasinger

Candidate for 111th District, Kansas State Legislature

Hays