Melton, who moved to Prairie Village last year after previously living in Overland Park, said in a campaign announcement that his platform will be “growing the economy, strengthening our schools, and maintaining our exceptional quality of life.”
“Our community is a crucial engine of economic growth in Kansas. Our schools are some of the best in the nation. Our quality of life is exceptional,” Melton said in his campaign announcement. “The voters in District 21 deserve a State Representative in Topeka who will work with fellow legislators who are committed to ensuring that success continues — by enacting pro-growth policies that bring jobs to Kansas, by reforming our school finance formula that treats Johnson County schools fairly, and by safeguarding individual liberty and protecting our values.”
On his campaign website, Melton lists concern with the impact of government regulations on economic growth among his issues. Asked about his concerns Monday, however, Melton declined to offer details.
“I’d rather not get into specifics at this point, to be honest,” he said. Pressed further, he would say only that “some of the environmental regulations” troubled him.
Melton’s campaign site also says he is committed to strong schools, and that we “owe it to our citizens to ensure a positive return on those dollars spent.” Asked Monday if he thought the state spending level was too high, too low, or adequate, Melton initially demurred, saying only, “I’d have to get into that for further review — I’d rather not get into specifics at this time.” An hour after the interview, he sent an email saying, “I believe that schools are adequately funded but don’t like to see the tax dollars leaving Johnson county for other districts.”
Melton spent part of his childhood in Leavenworth, where his father, an army officer, was stationed. He graduated from Leavenworth High School in 2001 and joined the Army Reserve. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies in 2007. He is in the mortgage business by profession and is a member of Redeemer Fellowship Church in Kansas City, Mo.
Bollier, a retired physician, has represented the area since January 2010 when she took over the House seat occupied by Terrie Huntington, who left to fill the Senate seat vacated by David Wysong. Bollier won statehouse elections in November 2010 and 2012. She said she welcomed Melton to the race.
“I understand Mr. Melton has recently moved into our district,” she said. “I welcome him to the neighborhood and look forward to the opportunity for the people of District 21 to compare my record to his opinions on issues that are so very important to our families and our local economy.”