Issues and Core Values

Old CourthouseRichard is a constitutional and fiscal conservative who understands the proper role of government is the protection of life, liberty, and property. He believes in the core American values of individual freedom, individual responsibility, limited government, and fiscal responsibility. He is committed to supporting and encouraging these values while serving on the commission.

Richard supports the Second Amendment and is Pro-Life. He has been endorsed by the following organizations::

  • Kansas State Rifle Association
  • Kansans For Life (endorsement received June 21, 2018)

Corruption and Inappropriate Conduct

Richard understands and respects honest differences of opinion on issues. He does not, however, support voting a certain way because of previous or future campaign contributions. Using an elected office to enrich friends, supporters, or campaign contributors is never acceptable, regardless of your party affiliation.

Elected officials have an obligation to avoid the appearance of impropriety. They also have a duty to do something when they become aware of inappropriate conduct. Richard has demonstrated his willingness to take a stand against corruption and unethical behavior, even if it may hurt him politically. His constituents can rest assured that he will continue to stand up for what is right, even if he is the only one willing to do it.

UPDATE: May 4, 2018 - Here is an important update on this issue. My response can be found here and here.

Fiscal Restraint and Property Taxes

When it comes to government spending, the problem isn't that we are not paying enough taxes.   The problem is the government spends everything it gets and will always want more.

While serving as County Commissioner, Richard has demonstrated a sincere commitment to ensure that property tax dollars are spent efficiently. His keen ability to analyze county spending has benefited Sedgwick County taxpayers on several occasions. A few examples are listed below::

  • He pushed to sell a cell tower at auction instead of selling it to a hand-picked buyer. Because of this, it sold for $610,000 instead of the proposed $280,000. See article here.
  • His questions about a county plan to remove trees for a Crestview homeowners association saved Sedgwick County taxpayers $47,000. See article here.
  • He challenged a plan by staff to build a concrete and steel bridge at Lake Afton so horses could get to a pasture. This saved $190,000.
  • He lead an effort to base vehicle replacement upon actual repair costs. This extended the life of many county vehicles and saved the County $325,000 in the first year alone.

And in case you are wondering, Richard Ranzau does not support raising the mil levy.

Voter Approval for Tax Increases

Richard supports support voter approval for all taxes increases. In addition to supporting self-imposed limits on local spending, he also supported state legislation that would require voter approval for mil levy increases. Richard also supports the same requirement for state tax increases.

Property Rights

Personal property rights are fundamental to liberty and must be protected.   Unfortunately, the Supreme Court has put personal property rights at risk and neither Congress nor the State Legislature have responded appropriately.

Richard will fight to protect and restore personal property rights in Kansas.   He will oppose abuse of eminent domain and supports an amendment to the Kansas Constitution protecting personal property rights.

Citizen Involvement

Unlike congressmen who run from the public by canceling town hall meetings and state legislatures who refuse to let the people vote on constitutional changes, Richard embraces the idea of more citizen involvement.

Commissioner Ranzau supported a 2016 initiative to conduct evening commission meetings out in the community on a quarterly basis. The commission conducted meetings in Derby, Park City, and the Zoo. Unfortunately, the current majority killed this initiative in 2017.

Additionally, Richard led the initiative to change county policy to allow citizens to speak on any issue simply by signing up the day of the meeting. Previous policy required citizens to sign up 10 days prior to the commission meeting.

Term Limits

Like the vast majority of Americans, Richard supports term limits.   He will self-limit to a maximum of three terms and calls upon all others to do the same.