• Daily Leader staff report
With the announcement earlier this week that Bill Light is not filing for re-election to the District 124 seat in the Kansas House of Representatives, a Ulysses man has thrown his hat in the ring.
Dan Widder Jr., a risk management consultant in Ulysses, announced Wednesday he is seeking the 124th District State Representative seat as a conservative Republican in the August 2010 primary elections. Widder secured more than the required number of signatures on a petition to file as candidate for office with the Republican Party.
“I look forward to representing the needs of Southwest Kansans,” Widder said, “Like many people that watch today’s news; I have numerous concerns about our future. Lower taxes, less government and educating our children are at the forefront of what I want to improve in my district. I am a hard worker who can relate to the local communities. I look forward to meeting and listening to all the people I will be representing in Southwest Kansas. I will be a strong conservative voice for you in Topeka.”
Widder has been employed by Ag Services for the past six years. He has helped area businesses to develop health and safety programs which have helped them gain national prominence in the SHARPS program which is administered by the Kansas Department of Labor and OSHA. This special recognition is only given to a select few companies who excel in the areas of safety and health.
Before joining Ag Services, Widder spent 14 years in the Ulysses Police Department, where he distinguished himself during several high profile investigations, including the armed robbery of three local businesses and the attempted kidnapping and attempted murder of a local high school girl.
“I enjoyed serving my community as a law enforcement officer and will work just as hard as your Representative,” Widder said.
He graduated from Ulysses High School in 1984. He went on to attend both Dodge City Community College and Central Missouri State University where he studied biology and criminal justice. Widder is now working toward a degree in business management.
After attending college, Widder and his wife, Julie, moved back to Ulysses. They have two sons, Collin, who attends Ulysses High School as a freshman and Alec, who attends Kepley Middle School. Widder has lived and worked in the community for 36 years where he learned the value of hard work, personal responsibility and a strong family life.
Please join Widder on Facebook at widder4kansas or on the Web at www.widder4kansas.org.