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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Emler resigns Senate seat

  • Senator Jay Emler, Republican State Senator of the 35th District, was recently appointed to the Kansas Corporation Commission and has resigned his seat as Senator of the Kansas 35th District.
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  • Senator Jay Emler, Republican State Senator of the 35th District, was recently appointed to the Kansas Corporation Commission and has resigned his seat as Senator of the Kansas 35th District.
    A convention of the Republicans of the 35th District will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 at the McPherson Opera House, 219 S. Main St., McPherson, to elect the Senators’ replacement.
    “Republican precinct committee persons from the seven-county area in District 35 will elect the new senator, and McPherson County GOP will get to host the event” said Dave Bohnenblust, McPherson County GOP chairman.
    McPherson County has the largest Republican voting block in the 37th district, which includes the Chase, Dickinson, Ellsworth, Marion, Morris, McPherson and Rice counties.
    The Kansas Senate has unanimously confirmed the appointment of Sen. Jay Emler to the state commission that regulates utilities.
    The vote Thursday was 38-0 on Gov. Sam Brownback's appointment of the former Senate majority leader to the Kansas Corporation Commission. Emler abstained, and another senator was absent.
    The KCC scheduled Emler's swearing-in ceremony for Friday afternoon.
    Emler is a Lindsborg Republican who has served in the Senate since 2001. He is a former chairman of the chamber's Utilities Committee and served as majority leader in 2011 and 2012.
    Emler is giving up his Senate seat to serve a four-year term on the KCC. He will replace former KCC Chairman Mark Sievers, who stepped down in December citing personal reasons.
    “We want to congratulate Senator Emler on his appointment to the KCC and his 13 years of faithful service in the senate” said Lori Shultz, vice chairwoman of the McPherson County GOP.
    This newly elected Senator will serve until January 2015. There will be a special election for this position in November 2014. If you have questions, contact your local Republican County chairman or David Bohnenblust at Davidbohnenblust@gmailcom.
    Rep. Clark Shultz, who represents McPherson, has expressed interest in Emler’s Senate seat. If Shultz is appointed to the Senate seat, Republican committee members also would have to select a replacement for Shultz in the Kansas House.
    Shultz also is actively campaigning for Kansas Insurance Commissioner, although he has not made a formal announcement of his candidacy.
    The Associated Press Contributed to this report.
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