L&T staff report
Former Seward County Commissioner Shannon Francis announced late Thursday his intention to file as a candidate for 125th District State Representative.
The seat is currently held by Reid Petty, but Petty announced that he would not seek re-election after serving one two-year term. Petty defeated Carl Holmes in a narrow election in 2012 after Holmes held the seat since 1986.
Francis, a Republican, has operated a number of businesses in Liberal including the development of more than 90 homes on the south side of Liberal. He leases commercial property as well as owning Spencer Browne’s Coffee House. He is also involved in farming interests in Seward and Meade counties.
“I want to make the 125th district better,” Francis said. “We need jobs, housing, and highways. To achieve this we need passionate, thoughtful representation. I want to be your voice in Topeka to build a better Kansas.”
Francis served eight years as a Seward County Commissioner and was president of the Kansas Association of Counties. He also served as the chairman of the Kansas Department of Transportation planning subcommittee on rural transportation.
Francis has been married to Carol Feather Francis for 28 years, and they have three children.
“It is more important than ever to build relationships to protect our interests,” Francis said. “We need to continue to push for Highway 54 improvements and protect those already budgeted. We need to protect funding for our school districts and community college. We need to have the tools to encourage business to expand and relocate to rural Kansas. We need to protect our local government’s sources of funding and local control.”
The deadline for candidates to file is June 2.