Name: Dr. Gene Marsh, D-Halstead

Age: 61

Previous political experience: None

What made you decide to get into politics? I was asked. The Sedgwick County Democratic Headquarters asked me because, at the time, they did not have a candidate.

I am an environmentalist, and my opponent consistently voted in favor for the Holcomb coal plant.

Education: Medical degree from the University of Kansas

Family: Connie Marsh. Three grown children , two grandchildren.

Three biggest issues facing the Kansas Senate that affect the Harvey County area:

1. Education: I believe education is a a big area, particularly with the way the economy has turned and the way we fund our schools.

The federal government has mandated No Child Left Behind without funding.

2. Health care: I think there is a lot of inefficiencies in the system. I think that needs to be addressed at the federal level, but I think there are things we can do at the state level, as well, to get more universal coverage and control costs.

3. Energy and the environment: I think we need to encourage alternate energy use ó wind, solar and other things. Iíd like to see the Legislature reward innovation and energy efficiency. I do believe climate change is a serious problem, and I do not believe we should be building coal plants that contribute to that.

Why are you the best candidate for the Senate 31 seat?

I believe I have firsthand experience with the health-care system that goes a long way. I have been a practicing physician since 1973.

Secondly, I feel like I have studied the environment and energy issues, and my conclusion is scientists are right in saying we are experiencing global warming and man has contributed to it. This is a serious problem.

As far as education I donít know that we are that far apart.

Two issues you most hope to address if you are elected:

1. Energy: One thing Iíd like to promote is increased use of technical schools. We are experiencing shortages in people who are technically trained.

There are students who would do better with tech training than traditional academic training.

I believe that would help the economics of our state if we have those individuals.

What differentiates you from your opponent: Energy issues. I donít know that, other than some nuance things, there is a great deal of disagreement on other issues.

Current job: Currently working for Emergency Services of Kansas

Community and public service: Member of United Methodist Church of Halstead, Newton Area Chamber of Commerce , Sierra Club and Carriage Factory Gallery.