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Leiker files for state election

6/1/2014

James Leiker, vice president of the USD 489 Board of Education, has declared his candidacy for the 111th District in the Kansas State Legislature.

The Democrat is a Hays native and Fort Hays State University graduate. He identified education and water as two major issues confronting Kansas.

"Current funding is a threat to public education," Leiker said in a statement. "We are at a point in time that we must decide will our next generation of citizens have the same opportunities to succeed or will we hinder their opportunities at a quality education?

"Water is also a huge issue, we need to find a means to sustain our sources for the progression of our communities and economy," he said.

Sue Boldra, R-Hays, currently represents the district.