John Toplikar threw his hat in the ring yesterday afternoon filing to replace Annabeth Surbaugh as the Johnson County Commission Chair.
Toplikar, who represented Gardner and Edgerton on the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners, also faces fourth district Commissioner Ed Eilert. The three-person race will force an Aug. 3 primary.
Supporters asked that he run for the job, Toplikar told the Gardner News on Monday evening.
“I stand for what I’ve always stood for – limited government, continued efforts to cut spending and wasteful programs,” Toplikar said. “I want to hold down expenses and hold the line on taxes.”
The county commission chair sets the agenda for the county, he explained.
“Basically, I stand for what I’ve always stood for, but this time I want to chair so I can set the county’s agenda and guide it in a more fiscally conservative manner,” Toplikar said.
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.