By EARL WATT
• Daily Leader
Fowler’s Tim Huelskamp dominated the Big First District, becoming Jerry Moran’s replacement in the U.S. House with 76 percent of the vote over Democrat Alan Jilka.
Huelskamp not only had a strong showing in his region of the district, but he also won Saline County where Jilka lives.
Huelskamp will join a class of 64 freshmen Republican Congressmen who were bolstered by high unemployment nationwide and an electorate frustrated with the expansion of government.
Huelskamp was a champion of small government while in Topeka as a state senator for the 38th district.
He signed the No New Tax pledge and did not vote for a tax increase during his 13-year tenure in the Kansas Senate.
Huelskamp will join the new Republican majority when the House convenes in January 2011.
Now that he has been elected to the U.S. House, the Republican precinct committee people in the 38th senatorial district will have to appoint a replacement.
Some names that have been considered are Dodge City’s vice mayor Brian Weber who worked on Huelskamp’s campaign, Montezuma’s Garrett Love who won the 115th district House seat and who worked with Washburn University on a special task force to save millions in expenses, and Melvin Neufeld a former Speaker of the House who was defeated by Love in the primary, and possibly others, although as of this morning, no candidate for the vacancy has been confirmed.