Professor competes with student for seat left open by Rep. Schwab – KC Star

Professor competes with student for seat left open by Rep. Schwab

Candidates weigh in on abortion rights, teaching alternatives to evolution.
Kansas City Star, The (MO)-November 1, 2006


It’s the professor vs. the student in the 49th District of the Kansas House of Representatives.

Bond Faulwell, a Democrat, and Republican Ben Hodge are vying for a seat vacated by Scott Schwab, who lost the race for the 3rd Congressional District seat.

Faulwell serves as adjunct associate professor of political science at Johnson County Community College, while Hodge, a Republican, is studying for a master’s degree in business administration at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Hodge believes abortion is permissible only “in the event of an extreme health-related situation with the mother.” Faulwell would not ban abortion, but said he wishes to “reduce (abortions) through promotion of adoption and providing better health care and education.”

Faulwell does not support the teaching of alternatives to the theory of evolution, such as intelligent design or creationism, in Kansas classrooms. Hodge said he would leave such decisions to local school districts, but would support the teaching when he has children in school. Hodge also advocates leaving the structure of sex education, including whether such classes are “opt-out” or “opt-in,” to individual districts. Faulwell said that he supports a program that teaches both abstinence and “other facets of sexuality.”

Neither candidate supports a Taxpayers Bill of Rights that would limit growth in state spending according to inflation and population growth.

If elected, Faulwell would focus on education. Hodge wishes to change state judicial selection to the federal model so that the governor would make appointments and the Kansas House would confirm the appointments.

The 49th district encompasses much of southeast Olathe, bordered by Interstate 35 on the west and Overland Park on the east.


Party: Democrat

Age: 51

Occupation: Adjunct associate professor of Political Science at Johnson County Community College

Education: Bachelor’s degree in philosophy, Grinnell College; Master’s degree in public administration, University of Missouri – Kansas City

Public service: Elder, Presbyterian Church; Advisory Committee to American Red Cross; University of Missouri School of Administration; President of the Lenexa Jaycees; President of local chapters of the Senior Executives Association and the American Society for Public Administration; Associate Coordinator of the Combined Federal United Way Campaign; high school hockey commissioner.

Endorsements: Political Action Committee for Mainstream Coalition, Kansas Families United for Public Education and Heavy Constructors Association.

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Party: Republican

Age: 26

Occupation: Business administration graduate student at University of Missouri – Kansas City

Education: Bachelor’s degree in journalism, Kansas State University

Public service: Trustee, Johnson County Community College; Eagle Scout

Endorsements: Kansans for Life, Commissioner Doug Wood, Commissioner John Toplikar

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Record Number: 2005045
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