Leavenworth man will run for Senate
James C. “J.C.” Tellefson, rural Leavenworth, announced his candidacy for the 3rd District, Kansas State Senate, on the Republican ticket last week.
He is a retired Navy commander and former Leavenworth County Commissioner.
“I believe it is time that all constituents are respected, listened to, and represented regardless of what political views they hold. We need cooperation and consensus building to solve our problems,” he said.
The 3rd District is comprised of Leavenworth County, less the cities of Leavenworth and Lansing, all of Jefferson County and the eastern portion of Douglas County. Democrat Tom Holland currently represents the district.
Tellefson acknowledged that the district boundaries might change after redistricting but that he would be a candidate in whatever district he found himself.
“I’m running because I believe the tone of every campaign, and the current discourse found in reported legislative hearings is often counterproductive to efforts to find real, viable solutions to our significant problems. Those problems are faced by our school districts, our towns and cities, our counties and our states as well as in Washington, D.C., and we still see every day, the people we send to represent us, bicker and challenge. How does anyone think that these people can solve any problem?” he said.
Tellefson is a lifetime resident of Kansas and a graduate of Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in communications. He spent over 20 years as a Navy officer. He’s a veteran of Desert Storm.
Tellefson has resided in the Leavenworth area since his retirement from the Navy in 1996. He ran for county commissioner in 2002 and in 2006 became only the second Republican in the district’s 150-year history to be elected to the county commission.
He said that the success he has enjoyed was due to his belief that much more is accomplished through team building and consensus decision making than, as it is done today within so many legislative groups, through competition and rancor.
He has been married for over 20 years to his wife, Cheryl, and has two children and three grandchildren.
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