Doug Blex has announced his candidacy for the for Kansas House of Representatives District 12 as a Republican.

Doug Blex has announced his candidacy for the for Kansas House of Representatives District 12 as a Republican. Blex has served eight years as chair of the Montgomery County Republican Central Committee until 2014 and has been active at the State Committee level.

He is a Montgomery County native and has lived most of his life in in the area. Blex and his wife, Meggin, live on a farm south of Independence where they have a small cow herd and utilize their family farm.

They have five children, 15 grandchildern and one great grandchild. He retired after 28 years with Kansas Wildlife and Parks as Public Lands /Law Enforcement supervisor in Chanute. Prior to that position, he was area manager for Elk City Reservoir. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1969 with a B.S. in Wildlife Biology. He served in the U.S. Army and served his country in Vietnam from 1969 until 1970, awarded a Bronze Star and received an honorable discharge.

Blex serves as chair of the Verdigris Regional Advisory Committee for the Verdigris Watershed and has been active with State of Kansas 50- year Water Vision Plan. Blex, for the past six years, has served as chair of the Montgomery Conservation District as well.

“I have always been passionate for conservation issues and believe we all need to be responsible stewards for our environment,” he said.

He grew up on the family farm being outdoors at every opportunity.

“I developed a strong desire to be a good steward for our natural resources,” he said. “I believe it is important to give back for the future generations. I also believe that most of our resources are sustainable with proper use.”

He added that he uses a common sense approach to most issues.

“My experience as public land supervisor provided a wealth of diverse knowledge to managing resources, people, budgets, farming, how state systems operate, road construction and serving as a law enforcement officer,” he said.

Blex says he is ready to serve the people of House District 12 as a “committed person who wants efficiency in state government. He believes he can bring knowledge to water issues, which are critical to the economic growth of rural Kansas. Farm issues are important to rural Kansas and need to be supported. Sometimes legislative bills have unintended consequences that need to be addressed. Passing legislation at the state level that creates funding issues for local governments is not always the best solution. Balancing taxes with an efficient government that meets needs in an efficient manner is essential.

“We cannot continue to rob Peter to pay Paul. Dedicated funds need to be budgeted and spent as appropriated, if at all possible. I do not favor the current sweeping of funds to borrow against our future” Blex said.

Blex noted he is a strong supporter of protecting life, Second Amendment, law enforcement and faith, family and his country. He and his wife attend Tyro Christian Church, where they are both active in teaching and serving. They are members of Montgomery County Farm Bureau, while he is a member of Kansas Police Officers Association and NRA life member.

“Kansas is losing too many people to other states which offer more jobs and better economic benefits. I am a ‘selfish’ grandpa and enjoy having my family close to me in Kansas and will work hard on legislation that will help keep them in Kansas” Blex said.