Ronald "R.J." Dickens has been involved in politics all of his adult life--literally. He filed for the Manhattan (Ks) City Commission on his 18th birthday in 1975. He wasn't put on the ballot due to age restrictions, so he rallied support and got the law changed.
He began his career in journalism at the Manhattan Mercury, working his way through Kansas State University on their award-winning staff.
Dickens took a sabbatical from journalism and went into real estate, specializing in housing for low-income and disabled people, and worked for the Claremont Project on Violence Against Women, one of the first victims of California's Proposition 13.
He returned to journalism at the Herington Times, winning more Kansas Better Newspaper Contest awards in the process.
Dickens entered the insurance business, building Employee Benefit Development Systems into a company with over $80 million of in-force business. He also attended graduate school at K-State, working on a Masters in Public Administration. He moved to Wichita with ITI (later APAC Customer Services), rising to become the company's Agent of Record for Kansas.
It was during that time politics came calling again. After leading a series of workshops for Kansas Democratic Party volunteers, Dickens was asked to run for Kansas Secretary of State. He received over 385,000 votes -- still the sixth-highest total for any Democrat running for the office.
After the campaign, Dickens wrote a weekly newspaper column on Kansas politics for 16 years. In 1994, he began his career in broadcasting as the host of a daily talk show on KSRX-AM in ElDorado, which became the place for politicians to come when making major announcements.
Two years later, he joined KCTU-TV in Wichita as the host of The River City Forum, becoming the station's News Director in 2001. He has received two Heartland Emmy Award nominations, and served four terms on the Heartland NATAS Board of Governors.
In 2007, Dickens was part of a group that purchased the CityPaper from now-Republican State Representative J.R. Claeys of Salina, and was the paper's editor.
Dickens was one of the founders of the American Low Power Television Association, and serves as its Executive Director.
In February of 2015, Dickens and a group of friends formed the Facebook group "It's Time to Fix Stupid". The group quickly began talking about forming a SuperPAC to go after the "pro-stupid" members of the Kansas Legislature and eventually, everywhere else. A second chapter was formed in Arkansas in August, 2015. The rest, as you know, is history.
It's Time to Fix Stupid
P.O. Box 2783
Wichita, Kansas 67201