Kevin King, Gardner, is running to represent Gardner, Edgerton and parts of Spring Hill and Olathe in the Kansas House of Representatives for the next two years. He’ll face incumbent Rep. Mike Kiegerl of Olathe.
“This is all still pretty new to me,” King said. “A week ago, I wasn’t even thinking about doing this race until the county chairman called me up and asked if I would consider it.”
He filed for office on June 10, the filing deadline for the 2010 November election.
There will be no primaries in the race. Democrat King will face Republican Kiegerl at the ballot box on Nov. 2, 2010.
“I think the people here in the 43rd (House district) need to have a choice rather than just re-electing the incumbent,” King said. “I threw my hat into the ring when nobody else stepped forward.”
King is a Democratic precinct chair in Gardner and has served as campaign manager for Scott Snavely in 2008 and Lee Urban in 2006. Both ran against Kiegerl to represent the 43rd district and lost.
King was born and raised in Winfield, Kan. and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas in 1979. He lived in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for 17 years working for Sprint before being transferred to the Kansas City area. He and his wife, Patricia, have lived in Gardner since 1997.
He has two daughters – both graduates of Gardner Edgerton High School – and five grandchildren.