LETTER: I’m a Republican, but K-Staters shouldn’t vote for Kobach


This letter to the editor was written by Noah Ochsner, freshman in agricultural communications. If you would like to write a letter to the Collegian, send us an email at letters@kstatecollegian.com or visit kstatecollegian.com/contact.

As Kansas governor, Kris Kobach would be bad for Kansas State. Before we dive right into this, I want to make something absolutely clear: I am a registered Republican, but I vote for what is best for our state, not my party.

It is election season, and hopefully, if you are a Kansas resident, you are going to head to the polls on Nov. 6 or mail back your ballot to your home county. Whatever you choose to do, remember to make a wise choice.

This year, you will get to choose the next governor of Kansas, our state’s highest office, and whoever wins this election has the chance to change the course of our state’s history for years to come. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has won the Republican nomination, and if you haven’t payed attention, you should know he is possibly the worst choice for governor the Republican party and the state of Kansas has ever produced.

Kobach strongly believes that K-State and other universities across our great state are “over-funded” and that public schools are building “Taj Mahals” when building new facilities. Kobach has also publicly stated he wants to prevent “illegal aliens” from receiving in-state tuition at K-State and other state universities.

Think of this for a moment. If you were a student, already strapped for cash and then told you were going to have to pay even more to attend college, would you? Most likely not, you would leave and the university would lose more income, causing, most likely, another rise in tuition.

Kobach also does not believe in supporting LGBTQ+ rights, which is a standard this university takes pride in as we are ranked one of the top 30 best colleges in the nation for LGBTQ+ students.

Here at K-State, we believe in the value of family — including everyone, being progressive and most importantly, always doing what is right. This election season, vote in the best interest of our college and state, cast your ballots wisely and remember that we are a family.

Noah Ochsner is a freshman in agricultural communications. The views and opinions expressed in this letter are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Collegian. Please send comments to opinion@kstatecollegian.com.