The Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce will host to a legislative forum on June 26.
This forum will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Wright Room in Cowley College’s Brown Center.
The two candidates running for the House District 80 seat, incumbent Anita Judd-Jenkins and newcomer Bill Rhiley, will be in attendance.
Greg Thompson, who currently serves as a city commissioner for Winfield, will moderate the forum.
Individuals who wish to hear the candidates may participate in the creation of questions during the forum.
Light refreshments will be served.
Judd-Jenkins has participated in a primary before — in 2016, when she ran against longtime incumbent Kasha Kelley.
She and her husband, Ronnie Jenkins, live in Arkansas City.
Judd-Jenkins is a retired marketing vice president and heritage club director for Home National Bank (now RCB Bank).
She is a member of the Arkansas City Rotary Club.
When she ran in 2016, Judd-Jenkins’ platform was simple — taking the people’s voices to the capital.
“I am serious about bringing your voice to Topeka,” Judd-Jenkins said.
She also expressed her feelings about voting according to her constituents’ opinions during forums that same year.
“I have voted across party lines my entire life and that will not change,” Judd-Jenkins said.
Rhiley announced his candidacy for Judd-Jenkins’ seat in January.
He is a resident of Wellington, where he lives with his wife, Diana.
In addition to owning The Belle Plaine News and The Oxford Register newspapers, he has a history in education.
Rhiley has taught both business education and special education.
He has been a member of the Kansas Bed and Breakfast Board, and served as president of that board.
Rhiley also has been a member of the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and has exercised a strong presence in the 80th House District, according to a press release from his campaign.
Among the issues in his platform are the sanctity of life, the importance of family values, Second Amendment rights and a strong economy.
“He believes that it is crucial to help families keep more of their hard-earned money so that they can pursue their own goals and dreams without the burden of government on their back,” the press release states.
“(His) experience as a small business owner and as an owner of two local newspapers has helped give him the opportunity to hear the concerns of citizens of the 80th District firsthand.”