Dr. Roger Marshall, running for the U.S. House of Representatives for the Big First District, was in Hays on Tuesday afternoon to meet supporters with the message that he is willing to listen.
“As a physician, the most important thing I do is listen to people,” he said. “I think that would be a great skill set to take to Washington.”
Ken Braun, Hays, came out Tuesday to find out what Marshall is going to do if elected.
“We need all of the help we can get,” he said.
The current representative is Republican Tim Huelskamp.
Marshall, also a Republican, said there needs to be a voice on the House Agricultural Committee, a voice representing the Big First in the House of Representatives, and someone who can communicate the issues of Kansas and how they affect residents.
Huelskamp was removed from the agricultural committee.
An important issue for Marshall is the lesser prairie chicken and putting it on the Endangered Species List. He said the bird is starting to make a comeback since it started raining again.
Marshall grew up hunting prairie chickens.
In Ransom, there is a $4 million mitigation order from the EPA before a wind farm can be built, he said.
“I’ve never seen a prairie chicken fly into a windmill,” he said. “I’ve never seen a prairie chicken fly into an oil derrick. It’s ridiculous.
“I’m all for making the environment better, but let’s not overdo it.”
The physician would also like to communicate that terraces are not navigable streams. When the law was written originally, the Great Lakes and streams were dirty, but they have since been cleaned up, Marshall said.
He is against expanding the definition of Waters of the U.S. law, which would expand the number of miles of stream from 35,000 miles to 170,000 miles and include terraces, which would be higher.
“It’s the expansion of an old law, of the EPA growing tentacles,” he said.
“It’s ridiculous to expect a farmer to go get a permit to spread manure on his back 80 because there is terraced water. It was supposed to impact navigable streams. The big issue is we need a congressman with relationships and rapport with other congressman so we can effectively communicate the unintended consequences.”
He said he is not a professional politician but understands things like a businessman.
“My outlook would be completely different than a professional politician,” he said.
He said the campaign is going well, and he is wrapping up a northwest Kansas tour. On Tuesday morning, he was in Colby, Oberlin and Hays.
“It’s a long day, but I needed to spend some time up there,” he said. “We met a lot of people and got a lot accomplished.
“Our relationships with people are growing.”
One objective barometer has been success in fundraising, which Marshall said is going well.
The physician is continuing with his practice as an ob/gyn full-time in Great Bend. He is on call every third night, every third weekend and three to four days a week campaigning.
One issue that has come up in his travels across the state is education. He said he has spoken to 12 superintendents, and some told him the federal government bureaucracy with weeks and weeks of testing is a concern.
“My whole philosophy is going to push everything from the federal level down to the state level,” he said. “I want the state to be making decisions.
“Whatever is complicated, how can I make it simpler?” he asked.