Mike Kiegerl (R-Olathe), current representative of the 43rd Kansas House District, established residency in Gardner days after three federal judges drew him out of the 43rd District.
Kiegerl said he signed a six-month lease for a residence in Gardner in response to the redistricting.
His fourth term expires this year.
“I have been representing Gardner for eight years, and the latest redistricting took me out of Gardner and gave me a district that is east of here,” he said. “The court gerrymandered me out of Gardner and put me in a district with Arlen Siegfreid.
“I don’t want to go up against Arlen. He is going to be the new speaker, and I have a great working relationship with him.”
Kiegerl, 73, said he wants another term to accomplish legislation regarding children’s issues, immigration, and tax cuts.
“I think I have to do what I have to do to fulfill my final responsibilities,” said Kiegerl, who emigrated to the U.S. from Germany. “This country had been very good to me, and this is my way of giving back.”
Bill Sutton and Dan Thompson, both Gardner Republicans, have also filed for the 43rd District seat.
A primary election will take place on Aug. 7.
According to Brian Newby, Johnson County election commissioner, Kiegerl will have to withdraw from the race and re-file for the newly created district.