L&T staff report
Seward County Commissioner Jim Rice announced today 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.
Rice, a Republican, owns land in Seward County and also operates a construction/repair business.
“After much deliberation, thought and encouragement, I have decided I can continue serving Seward County at a higher level in the Kansas House of Representatives,” Rice said. “Along with that decision comes the excitement of bringing the knowledge and experience I have gained from not only the past six plus years serving as a member of the Seward County Commission, but the years starting in the early 1970s serving on many boards and committees of the Seward County government.”
Rice believed his relationships with lawmakers he has established in recent years can benefit the 125th District.
“I have become friends with many legislators across the state which I view as an additional benefit to the residents of Seward County,” Rice said. “It is with this knowledge and experience that I believe I can make a difference in Topeka and am willing to serve should the residents of Seward County approve.”
Rice also thanked Petty for his service.
“I want to extend my sincere thanks to Representative Reid Petty for his service which will end in January,” Rice said.
The deadline for candidates to file is June 2.