Republican Les Mason of McPherson has filed to run in August for the Kansas House District 73 seat.

Republican Les Mason of McPherson has filed to run in August for the Kansas House District 73 seat.
Thursday night the seat was vacated by Clark Shultz, after the long-time legislator was elected to fill the District 35 Kansas Senate seat that was vacated by Jay Emler.
Emler resigned his seat to take a position on the Kansas Corporation Commission.
Precinct committee men and women will meet Feb. 17 at Central Christian College to select Shultz’s replacement. That person will serve until January 2015. A special election will be conducted this fall for the vacated Senate and House seats.
District 73 encompasses 22 of McPherson County’s 25 townships, and includes the communities of Canton, Galva, Inman, Marquette, McPherson, Roxbury and Windom.
Mason described himself as a “hard core conservative.”
He is pro-life, pro-traditional marriage and against the legalization of marijuana.
Mason and wife, Kala, live in McPherson. They have three adult children and two grandchildren.
In 1990, the couple formed a business, now known as The Old Muffin Factory, which is on south Main Street next to the McPherson Opera House. The couple still owns that business.
He said he thinks government needs to be run from a business perspective.
“I think the Legislature passes laws and then washes their hands of them and lets government agencies interpret them,” he said. “I think the Legislature needs to be more proactive to make sure legislation is achieving the desired goals.”
Previous to operation of The Old Muffin Factory, Mason served as district director for Congressman Dick Nichols, in what was then Kansas’ Fifth District, and sales
manager for The Wall-Rogalsky Milling Company.
Mason said in a news release issued Friday, “this is something I’ve considered for nearly 25 years, more seriously in the past four or five. The final decision to run was made in late December, as it became more and more apparent that the 73rd would be an open seat this fall. Everyone I’ve visited with about it has been extremely supportive, and every instinct I have is telling me that this is the right course.”
The filing will place Mason’s name on the Republican ballot for the Aug. 5 primary. David O’Dell, CPA, has been appointed campaign treasurer.