Jim Barnett, Republican governor candidate in Kansas, recently announced that his wife, Rosie Hansen, will be his running mate in the upcoming election. Barnett and Hansen were in McPherson on June 8 to talk about her joining the campaign as well their new direction working toward August’s primary election.
Hansen grew up on a small farm near Americus, Kansas, and she is a graduate of Americus High School 1972. She also has degrees from the University of Kansas, the University of Minnesota, the Kennedy School at Harvard University and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Hansen served as a Foreign Service Officer, Dept. of State from 1985-2011 with overseas assignments in Ecuador (Consulate), and U.S. Embassy assignments in Bangladesh, Germany, Bosnia, Australia, Afghanistan and Thailand.
Hansen, who has never had a political background, has enjoyed the process of becoming a part of the campaign.
“Jim and I have been travelling around the state for the last two years or so talking to Kansans and I’ve been in pretty much every meeting he’s had with Kansans around the state talking about their challenges, their opportunities, the great things that they’re doing and those stories are inspirational to me,” Hansen said.
“As we meet people and talk about issues we learn so many things,” Hansen said. “And we drive down the road in the truck and we’re talking constantly about what we learned, how we could do things to make it better for the average Kansan.”
Barnett’s top six issues that we would address as governor are agriculture and livestock, the workforce, regulatory, education, healthcare and tourism. With those six issues on his mind, Barnett thinks he can improve what’s been happening in Topeka for the past few years.
Barnett also talked about the school system in Kansas, and in particular in McPherson.
“We have visited your schools and we are so excited about ‘Kansans Can’ the redesign,” Barnett said. “You have this centric area here that’s been involved with that since the beginning. One of our focuses is to change from credits to careers and recognizing that in middle school on into high school. We’ve got to be helping identify career pathways.”
For more information about the campaign you can go to their website: www.barnettforkansas.com