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ABOUT

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MY VALUES

As a candidate for the Kansas House of Representatives and your future voice in Legislation, I understand there is more to consider than my policy positions.  

Integrity

Family and Community

Communication and Transparency

MY STORY

Married to Avis Armfield Solie for 32 years, I hold family values in the utmost regard.  I am a father of three:  George, John, and Karen.  As an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I had the pleasure of serving as Bishop of the Great Bend Ward, counseling, consoling, and assuring people that their Savior, Jesus Christ loves them without reservation.  

I am a resident of and city council member for the small rural community of Lorraine, Kansas, where I advocate for liberty and freedom.  I also serve as governing board member for Ellsworth County Economic Development, and extend my civil service and advocacy positioning.

I moved to Central Kansas from Edgerton, Kansas in 2012 to accept a position at Barton Community College.  Officially I teach Communication, Journalism, and Political Science courses.  In reality, I teach critical thinking skills to students that have grown up in a world that taught them the "correct answers," not the ability to research, explore and debate the merits of the questions they face everyday.

MY EDUCATION

  • Master of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from DePaul University

  • Master of Public Administration from Drake University

  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communication from University of St.Thomas

  • High School:  Faith Christian High School

  • Graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce - Institutes of Organizational Management

MY CAREER

  • 2012 to Present:  Instructor (Professor), Barton County Community College, Great Bend, Kansas

  • 2009 to 2012:  Founder of GarderEdge.com - local news website for Gardner and Edgerton, Kansas

  • 1988 to 2009:  Non-Profit Management; Executive management of several Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development and Trade Associations

MY VOLUNTEER WORK

  • Coordinator of Prison Ministry - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Central Kansas

  • Board Member - Ellsworth County Economic Development

  • Former Bishop of the Great Bend Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Former Board Member - Gardner Kansas Rotary Club

CIVICS

  • City Council Member - City of Lorraine, since 2015

  • Member of the Libertarian Party of Kansas, since 2016

  • Delegate to the Minnesota Republican Convention, 1988

  • Volunteer to several political campaigns, 1985 to present

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