Former state Rep. Mike Kiegerl may land a spot in the Kansas Legislature next year.
Kiegerl represented the 43rd District for four termsand is seeking to replace 15th-District representative-elect Bob Montgomery, who is said to be planning to resign from the post.
Kiegerl and Erin Davis, Olathe, sent letters to Republican precinct committee men and women in the 15th District seeking their votes should Montgomery step aside.
Kiegerl’s residence was redistricted out of the 43rd District, which includes Gardner and Edgerton. After briefly considering a move to Gardner, Kiegerl opted not to seek re-election. He does not currently live in the 15th District, which encompasses parts of western Olathe, but he recently signed a lease to set up residency in there.
Fewer than 20 Republican precinct committeemen and women would select Montgomery’s replacement. In a letter to them, Kiegerl said he is seeking to return to the Kansas House for a fifth term for several reasons.
“I have some unfinished legislation dealing with the funding for disabled children who are on a waiting list for required services,” his letter reads.
He also said he believes he can make a serious contribution to the ongoing discussion about Kansas fiscal policy as the only economist in the House.
“I’m a firm supporter of the Governor’s vision of lower taxation and economic development,” Kiegerl wrote. “But with 50 new faces in the House when the new session begins in January, Gov. Brownback will need help and I intend to educate the caucus as requested.”
Davis is a law student who will graduate next month from the University of Kansas. She has lived in the district for almost 10 years in Olathe for more than 30 years.
“My family and I have lived in our current home in the 15th District for nine years. My ties to this community run deep and my family and I are fully invested in this community,” Davis said. “It would be an honor to represent my friends, neighbors, family and community in Topeka.”
Montgomery is currently serving in the House as the representative of a different district. He set up residency to run in the 15th District after judges drew redistricting boundary lines.
Should Montgomery resign, Johnson County Republican Party officials will have 21-days execute a replacement convention in which the precinct men and women will choose a representative.
Montgomery did not return phone calls from the Gardner News.