We endorse Barbara Bunting as our choice for 72nd District Kansas State Representative as we approach this critical primary election. A new direction in leadership is needed in all areas of our state government. We are confident that Barbara can assist in creating that new direction. Barbara models the following:

· Continuous learning –always striving to learn more about issues that impact Kansans.

· Active listening –listens to constituents in whatever role she undertakes and utilizes information to represent their position on issues; solicits their opinions.

· Consensus building –works for the greater good by bridging the gap between differences, modeling collaboration with others.

· Consistency –takes positions that are consistent with her beliefs and values.

· Tenacity – perseveres; does not falter; sticks with issues until they are resolved.

· Visionary – believes that education is the key to a brighter future for our state and will work diligently to create a better Kansas for all.

· Civility – treats others with respect and courtesy, even those with whom she disagrees.

We need a leader with the above qualities and we urge you to vote for Barbara Bunting in the primary election on August 5, 2014.

— Dr. John and Pat Morton, North Newton.