John Toplikar threw his hat in the ring today. Toplikar, who represented Gardner and Edgerton on the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners, has joined the race for County Commission Chair. He faces current Chair Annabeth Surbaugh and Commissioner Ed Eilert. The three-person race will force an Aug. 3 primary.

Toplikar narrowly lost re-election to maintain his sixth district seat on the board of commissioners to current commissioner Calvin Hayden in 2008 after being accused of stealing two campaign signs days before the election.

Toplikar of Olathe has also served in the Kansas Legislature and served on the Olathe City Council.