Bill Rhiley is the owner of the Oxford and Belle Plaine newspapers.  He is also the owner of the Slate Creek Bed and Breakfast located just outside Wellington.  Bill is a resident of Wellington, where he lives with his wife, Diana.  He has been a member and has been on the Wellington Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.  He has also been a teacher, having taught special education.  He has filed to oppose Representative Anita Judd-Jenkins in this year’s primary.  
According to his website, Bill is a strong supporter of economic growth, is pro ife, and is a proud supporter of Second Amendment rights.   He believes every individual has the right to protect what they most hold dear.  
Both candidates have websites and facebook pages that the public are invited to check out.  www.rhileyforkansas.com and www.anitaforkansas.com.  
1. What were the factors in your deciding to oppose Representative Judd-Jenkins?
I am a strong believer in conservative principles. I believe firmly in lowering taxes on hard working Kansans and I did not agree with Representative Judd-Jenkins voting to increase them. I felt that this was a good time for me to step up and attempt to make a difference for my district and my state and to work to be sure citizens keep more of their hard earned money.
2. What are your greatest professional accomplishments over the past few years?  Any regrets?  
In the recent years I brought my career in teaching business and special education to a conclusion, a year and half ago my wife Diana and I bought two local newspapers in Sumner County and have been working to take them further, and my wife and I have worked hard to continue growing Slate Creek Lodge Bed and Breakfast in Wellington and have been proud to be able to offer that service to multiple visitors.
3. If you are elected, what do you hope to accomplish in the legislature the next few years?
If I am elected, I want to be certain to put all my focus into working for Kansas families. I want to be a strong voice for lowering taxes and getting government off of people’s backs. I want to stand up for the Second Amendment and the Pro-Life movement whenever these issues cross my desk and be a strong advocate for small business. I also want to work hard on legislation that supports making our education system more efficient for students.
4. What are the most important issues you feel that are facing the citizens of your district?
-Over regulation of micro-small businesses
-Increased personal income tax and property tax
-Expansion of medicaid payments to hospitals and doctors
-Educational funding of special needs students
-Education of students so that they can read at grade level
-Graduation Rate
-Health care for our elderly population
-Depression and suicide among school children
-Increase in illegal drug usage in our district
5. As of this writing, Governor Brownback is headed to Washington to take on a new job for the Trump Administration.  What are your thoughts on his tenure?  Hopes for the new governor?
I am very appreciative of Governor Brownback stepping up to take on the role of being our Governor. Over his tenure, I have been proud of his focus on building strong families, his unwavering support for religious freedom, the Pro-Life movement, and his stances on agriculture and water conservation. I am very hopeful that over the next year soon to be Governor Jeff Colyer will continue to fight for the issues I have mentioned, and am hopeful that he will work to improve the state’s financial status by lowering taxes and lowering business regulation.