Two candidates run for Republican nomination for 33rd District, Kansas House

Two candidates are seeking the Republican nomination in the 33rd District, Kansas House.

Clifton Boje and Mike Thompson are running for the Republican nomination.

Clifton Boje

Boje, 44, of Bonner Springs, said he is seeking office primarily to deal with the abortion issue.

“I want to see it criminalized as murder, for putting to death God’s creation unjustly,” he said.

Boje said he would support a proposed law that would classify abortion of living children as homicide. Homicide laws already in effect then would take care of the process, he said. A bill has been crafted and already was introduced, and would be reintroduced next session, he said.

Boje said the proposed law would not apply to miscarriages, or to cases in which the child dies at some point that is not part of an abortion. He said it would apply if the child is being put to death on purpose.

He said he spends a lot of time in front of Planned Parenthood offices, trying to convince women to let them help. (A video of Boje’s protest at a Planned Parenthood clinic, with arguments back and forth on loudspeakers, has been posted on YouTube by those who support pro-choice at

Boje teaches private music lessons and plays music for his church, Cornerstone Community Church. He is the founder of Acorn Performing Arts.

Boje has three associate degrees, including two in general studies and one in worship and music. His degrees were from Johnson County Community College and Kansas City College and Bible School, now called Kansas Christian College, in Overland Park. He studied music at the college level but did not complete his bachelor’s degree.

Besides his church membership, he is a member of Kansas Abortion Is Murder and Abolish Abortion Kansas.

Boje said the abortion issue is the main reason he ran, and he has been studying other issues that may come before the Legislature. He said he wants to see the government “doing its main job under what God has given it to do,” which is “to protect people and their personal property.” He also said people should be encouraged to be accountable in their actions.

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Mike Thompson

Mike Thompson, 71, said he has lived a life of service, and now that he is retired, he would like to be of service to democracy.

That is one of the reasons he is running for office, he said.

Thompson served as an Army chaplain, and before that in the U.S. Navy as a SEAL. He retired as a lieutenant colonel.

“As a chaplain I’ve buried soldiers who have died for our freedom, and I do not take that lightly,” he said. “Instead of complaining, I always learned you get in and serve and work to make things better.”

Another reason he is running is that it’s time for a new voice in Wyandotte County, he said.

“What I can bring to the table is the new voice,” he said. His background demonstrates his integrity, honesty, commitment and loyalty, he said.

It also demonstrates the ability to relate to people of all diverse areas of life, being open-minded and listening to them, he said.

“Ninety percent of what I did in the hospital in the military was counseling, and I learned to listen and be open to both sides, and listen to what’s going on behind the presenting issues,” Thompson said.

As he goes door-to-door in the district, he hears people say they’re ready for a change, he said. The economy plays a role in that.

“If our community prospers, our citizens will prosper, and right now they’re struggling,” he said.

Thompson, who is not the meteorologist by the same name who serves currently in the Kansas Senate, is a retired military officer. He spent 22.5 years with the military, first in the Navy in the 1970s, where he served with the SEAL team, and later, returned to active duty with the Army as a chaplain at age 43.

He served as a command chaplain for the 82nd Airborne, and had different assignments through the years, retiring as garrison chaplain at Fort Leavenworth.

Between his Navy and Army service, he was a chaplain at several hospitals, doing a lot of grief counseling.

Thompson currently serves in his second term on the Bonner Springs City Council. One of his roles is liaison between Bonner Springs city and the Bonner Springs-Edwardsville area church ministers. He also volunteered at Vaughn-Trent Community Services and served as Tiblow Days car show chairman in 2012 and 2013.

Thompson has done undergraduate work at Pittsburg State University, then finished his degree at Dallas Baptist University. He has a Master of Divinity degree from Southwest Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, Texas, and did internships at two hospitals.

Thompson currently teaches Sunday School at his church. He belongs to the VFW, American Legion and the UDT / SEAL Association. UDT stands for underwater demolition team, including Navy teams who dived in to help astronauts in space capsule recovery.

According to his campaign information, he also is a former Lenexa police officer and a former business owner of a welding shop in Oklahoma.

His campaign information also says he is in favor of growing jobs and wages, cutting wasteful spending, keeping neighborhoods safe, improving public safety, more funding for schools, more say for parents in education, putting families first, protecting constitutional rights and protecting the unborn.

He has endorsements from the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Kansans for Life.

Campaign finance reports filed this week at the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission stated that Thompson’s campaign had cash available of $25,062, raising $13,927.17 during the reporting period, expending $4,861.53 and having $20,200.47 cash on hand at the close of the period.

Boje’s campaign filed a statement that said he intended to receive or expend less than $1,000.

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Voting details

Early voting in person is currently taking place in Wyandotte County.

Voting on Election Day, Aug. 2, is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at assigned polling places.

For more information about voting, see

Visit the Wyandotte County Election Office website at or call 913-573-8500 for more details on times and places to vote.

To see an updated map of Kansas House seat boundaries in Wyandotte County, and determine what district you are in, visit Some boundaries recently changed.

Registered voters also can learn their district number and see what will be on their ballot at Voter View,

To see a story about the Democratic candidates for the 33rd District, visit

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KU research finds association between a state’s generosity with food benefits, child welfare

by Tim Carpenter, Kansas Reflector

Topeka — University of Kansas researchers and colleagues at two other universities reported every 5% increase in enrollment in the federal nutrition assistance program for low-income families could reduce the number of children a state placed in foster care or protective services from 7.6% to 14.3%.

The 50-state study of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps, indicated an association between state-by-state policy decisions guiding enrollment in SNAP and movement of children into programs designed to protect their welfare. The study covering 2004 to 2016 found states with more generous SNAP policies had fewer children in child protective services and foster care.

The findings published in the journal JAMA Network Open suggested increasing availability and stability of SNAP may unlock population health returns by preventing child neglect or maltreatment and reducing costly government intervention.

In Kansas, eligibility for SNAP was narrowed under the administration of Gov. Sam Brownback during a period in which the volume of children in foster care grew to record levels. Brownback joined with legislators in arguing reform was necessary for states to help people break cycles of dependency.

“Having access to the social safety net has an effect on child abuse,” said Donna Ginther, professor of economics at KU. “With so many children in low-income households, poverty is what typically gets people more engaged with child protective services.”

The 2022 Legislature declined an attempt by Democrats and social service organizations to repeal some regulatory obstacles in Kansas to securing SNAP aid. The Legislature and Gov. Laura Kelly did adopt a law to gradually eliminate the state’s 6.5% sales tax on groceries.

Ginther said reducing sales tax on groceries contributed to reduction in food insecurity among low-income households in the same way broadening access to SNAP could curtail food insecurity.

The work by researchers at KU, Ohio State University and University of Maryland was funded by a 2016 grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The researchers controlled for other factors influencing child protective services caseloads, including the opioid epidemic.

“Previous researchers have shown that if you give people a social safety net when they’re children, then in the long run, those kids do better,” said Ginther, director of the Institute for Policy and Social Research. “They get more education and are more likely to work and be productive members of society. So you can think of the SNAP program as an investment in the future.”

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KCK resident hopes closing ‘Bank of KDOT’ will improve safety of Interstate 70 tight curve

Leo Eilts has witnessed many accidents, ranging from minor to fatal, at the tight right-angle curve as Interstate 70 exits Kansas and enters Missouri. With the state budget set to close the so-called Bank of KDOT, Eilts is hopeful projects like fixing the dangerous curve can be addressed. (Photo by Noah Taborda, Kansas Reflector)

by Noah Taborda, Kansas Reflector

As Interstate 70 exits Kansas and enters Missouri, a tight right-angle curve is a sight of many accidents over the years, Leo Eilts has witnessed.

Eilts, a resident of the Strawberry Hill neighborhood of Kansas City, Kansas, bought a building 16 years ago with a fantastic view overlooking the point where the Kansas and Missouri river meet. He quickly found his building offered a less pleasant view of accidents along that harrowing curve and fixed his security cameras on the point.

“I have a front row seat to a massive demolition derby just down from my building,” Eilts said.

Most of the time, the accidents would be minor, with a few fender benders or cars running into guardrails. But one incident stuck with Eilts: A cyclist coming onto the curb misjudged the turn, falling over the rail to their death.

While Eilts found a Kansas Department of Transportation plans to address dangerous aspects of the turn, he could not get an answer on why it was not being addressed.

“I made a lot of phone calls to Topeka. I wrote letters and put stamps on them. I sent emails and got no reply to everybody,” Eilts said. “Finally, one day I had a lady on the phone, and she said don’t you know there’s no money in KDOT?”

Dating as far back as 2001, Kansas raided billions from the transportation coffers to help other parts of the state budget. Under former Gov. Sam Brownback, withdrawals from KDOT ballooned, with more than $2 billion taken for other purposes.

Payments have slowed in state budgets under Gov. Laura Kelly. In the most recent budget, the state would close the so-called “bank of KDOT” during the next fiscal year by not diverting any funds to general government uses.

Political leaders, local union leaders and residents like Eilts spoke Tuesday of their hopes this will allow the state to finally address issues like the dangerous curve in Kansas City, Kansas.

“We’ve got those monies now, so we’re able to invest in the infrastructure and things we need to make the state better,” said Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City. “We finally have the monies now to restart those projects that got suspended.”

Mike Kane, speaking for Laborers Local Union 1290, said the restart of these many projects would mean a lot for Kansas laborers as well, using U.S. Highway 169 as an example.

“I think it’s approximately 290,000 labor hours,” Kane said.

“If you don’t fix your bridge when it deteriorates, materials cost twice as much,” he added, and people won’t be able to get to work.

Efforts to close the transportation bank are not new. Sen. Richard Hildebrand, a Baxter Springs Republican, introduced a constitutional amendment to prevent the Legislature from swiping highway funds for other uses.

The failed proposal would have required money raised for transportation projects using the state sales tax to be used on those projects.

“It always bothered me to read in the paper and see where the state was sweeping funds out of the Bank of KDOT,” Hildebrand said in 2020, as reported by the Topeka Capital-Journal.

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