By NICK SCHWIEN
Finding an answer. That's what Rep. John Ewy, R-Jetmore, says is one of the most important parts of his job in representing the 117th District in the Kansas House of Representatives.
"I try to find out a go-to person in each department," Ewy said. "Whether we're in or out of session, I try to find someone for people to go to if they need help."
Ewy, while finding answers to questions and situations he can't necessarily handle by himself, has been willing to lend an open ear and do what he can to aid those concerned.
That mantra seems to be working, as Ewy won his Republican primary by garnering 87 percent of the vote against M.T. Liggett. That was the largest percentage of votes throughout state primaries a candidate received in either main party.
He's running unopposed in the Nov. 4 general election, but Ewy was out hitting the pavement and country roads, talking to constituents.
"I'm running unopposed, but I'm still trying to talk to as many people as I can," he said.
Ewy won his first term in the House in 2012, beating Democrat Dennis McKinney by winning 59 percent of the vote.
Now, he's focusing on his second term.
"I went up there with some ideas and knew a lot of people in the counties I serve," Ewy said. "Now I'm trying to make good on my words. I've had a few people say I've lived up to my word, and that makes me feel good."
Ewy's 117th District includes all of Ness County, the western half of Rush County, as well as all of Hodgeman, Pawnee, Edwards and Kiowa counties. The eastern half of Ford and Finney counties are also in his district.
Ewy said education and water resources will continue to be a prime concern in Topeka, and schools in his district are an important focus.
"My rural schools," he said. "I always say I have their back doors. No. 2 is the rural hospitals. We're going to have to look at the funding and see what the state can do. ... We've got to make sure they get reimbursements on time."
Larned State Hospital falls in Ewy's district. He said the facility located in Pawnee County and its sexual predator unit are also key issues he's dealing with as he's secured another term in Topeka.
"I go up there knowing what I stand for -- pro-life, pro-guns, pro-family," Ewy said. "I try to go up there and represent what I stand for."
Name: John Ewy.
Running for: Kansas House of Representatives, District 117.
Political affiliation: Republican.
Family: wife, Marsha; four sons, Todd, Ryan, Britt and Joel; a daughter, Jonnalee; and eight grandchildren.
Background: A 1967 graduate of Hanston High School. Attended Dodge City Community College and Fort Hays State University. First elected in 2013. Serves on Agriculture and Natural Resources, Joint Committee on State-Tribal Relations, Education and Federal and State Affairs committees.