Seward County Republican Party chairman Joe Denoyer, right, visits with county commissioner Jim Rice prior to Tuesday’s Republican Party meeting. L&T photo/Robert Pierce
By ROBERT PIERCE
• Leader & Times
With the announcement by 125th District Representative Reid Petty last week that he would not be running for another term in Topeka, the seat is now up for grabs.
Tuesday, the Seward County Republican Party began the process of trying to find a candidate to run in the election scheduled to take place later this year.
The filing deadline for candidates in that race, as well as many others, is June 2, and local Republican chairman Joe Denoyer simply said anyone who knows a person who would be a good representative for the district, would follow along party lines as closely as possible and, most important of all, willing to serve – should encourage that person to run.
Denoyer explained, though, that the position does come with some disadvantages.
“In listening to Representative Petty, it is service,” he said. “It’s not a career. The monetary benefits are not the best.”
Denoyer said being a representative does also take some time out of a person’s schedule.
“It is a four-month position,” he said. “It usually runs January through April.”
Denoyer said he has heard of some names of people considering running for the 125th, and he encouraged anyone in Tuesday’s audience who knew those people to encourage them to run.
“We need good representation,” he said.
Denoyer said former representative Carl Holmes and Petty have served the district well for the last 30 years.
“We would like to continue with Republican representation in Topeka,” Denoyer said.
Denoyer said he has spoken to the chairman of the Seward County Democratic Party, who told him the party plans to have a candidate as well.
If more than one candidate from either party has filed by June 2, a primary would take place in August, with the winners facing off in the general election in November.