From Sen. Pat Apple was sworn-in as the newest member of the Kansas Corporation Commission on April 11. Apple, a Louisburg Republican, resigned from the Senate last week. He represented the 37th District, which includes the southern part of Gardner and all of Edgerton in the Kansas Senate.
Republican precinct members in the 37 district will be tasked with electing Apple’s replacement. A replacement convention is set for 7 p.m. on April 21 in the Spring Hill High School commons. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. The general public is invited to attend, but only precinct members will be allowed to vote.
To date, two candidates have expressed interest in replacing Apple. They include Molly Baumgardner and Charlotte O’Hara.
Baumgardner is the journalism and media communications coordinator at Johnson County Community College and served on the JCCC Board of Trustees. O’Hara served in the Kansas House and ran against Apple during the 2012 Republican primary.
Apple’s replacement will serve in Apple’s Senate seat until January 2015. Apple’s Senate term runs through 2016. However, 37th district voters will have the opportunity to elect someone to represent them for the final two years of Apple’s term in the 2014 November general election.