Kansas Ed Board Member's Decision Solves Remap Issue

By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A decision by a State Board of Education member against running for re-election this year has solved a redistricting issue for a Kansas House committee.

Wichita Republican David Dennis confirmed Tuesday he won't seek a second, four-year term on the 10-member board.

Questions about his plans arose as the House Redistricting Committee considered a proposal redrawing the board's 10 districts to account for population changes.

The proposal would put Dennis in the same district as fellow Education Board member Walt Chappell, also a Wichita Republican.

Committee members didn't want to force the two to run against each other but endorsed the plan Tuesday after learning of Dennis' decision.

Dennis cited business and personal commitments, including serving on the Wichita-area planning commission and organizing a major automobile show.

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