Mark Taylor
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Rep. Mike Kiegerl (R-Olathe) announced on July 12 that he  plans to retire early from his final term in the Kansas House.
He is not running for re-election and his term was set to expire at the end of 2012.
In a letter to 43rd District Precinct committee members, Keigerl said “the time has come for me to move on, and I am working on a project which will consume most of my time in the fall.”
Kiegerl has served four terms in the statehouse.
“It has been my great privilege to represent you in the Legislature these eight years, and I am most grateful for your friendship and support.”
Kiegerl, who was drawn out of the 43rd District following redistricting efforts this summer, said he was throwing his support behind candidate Dan Thompson (R-Gardner) for the 43rd District seat.
“Although I know that Dan Thompson is the better successor, I urge you to select the winner of the Aug. 7 primary as my replacement,” Kiegerl said.
“I have asked Speaker O’Neil to assist him, and I stand ready to help with a smooth transition.
Kevin King (D-Gardner) and Bill Sutton (R-Gardner) have also filed for the seat.
Sutton and Thompson will face off in the August primary.
The victor will meet King in the November general.
Kiegerl did not return phone calls seeking comment by press time.