Hodge endorsed for JCCC Board by Bob Montgomery, State Representative and At-Large Olathe City Councilman

Benjamin Hodge
Kansas GOP Delegate, 2009-’10
Kansas Representative, 2007-’08
JCCC Trustee, 2005-’09
Web site: BenjaminHodge.com
Phone: (913) 259-4236
Email: contact@benjaminhodge.com

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Hodge endorsed for JCCC Board by Bob Montgomery, State Representative and At-Large Olathe City Councilman

Montgomery has been elected to a city-wide Olathe Council position for 14 years. He was recently appointed to the 26th District seat in the Kansas House of Representatives.

Benjamin Hodge announces the endorsement of Olathe leader Bob Montgomery (right).  Montgomery is serving his fourth term as Olathe’s At-Large City Councilman, and he is a newly-elected State Representative.

“I thank Rep. Bob Montgomery for his kind endorsement,” Hodge said.  “At the community college, I look forward to working with Rep. Montgomery and other state legislators to expand educational opportunities for Kansans, and to improve efficiencies in the ways schools spend money.”

You can learn more about Rep. Montgomery at the City of Olathe’s government Web site.  Read a recent Kansas City Star article on Montgomery’s election to the Kansas House of Representatives.

Earlier this month, Hodge released internal polling showing his campaign in a strong position, with 75% name recognition among likely April voters.  Incumbent Democratic Board Chairman Don Weiss, a DeVry administrator, registers a name ID of 62%.  At JCCC, Don Weiss had violated the First Amendment, the Kansas Open Meetings Act, and had engaged in unethical bidding practices, and on top of this a federal judge just announced that Weiss broke yet another law when illegally expelling four nursing students.

Hodge’s goals at Johnson County Community College:

  1. Protect free speech and other student rights, including privacy rights.
  2. Change the election format to seven districts, from the current at-large method.  State law allows community colleges to choose their methods of election.  It merely takes a majority vote by the seven-member board to change to seven districts (six districts and one at-large).  This would provide for better representation for voters in this populous county.
  3. Restore the college’s regional and national reputation.
  4. Open budgets and open bidding.  This is the taxpayers’ college and the taxpayers’ money.