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Businessman to seek Rep. Mosier’s seat

By Bill Felber

A local business owner confirmed to The Mercury Monday that he intends to seek State Rep. Susan Mosier’s seat in the Kansas Legislature when she resigns.

Frank Beer, owner and manager of the Manhattan Radio Shack franchise, has been considered a likely candidate to succeed Mosier when Republican 67th legislative district committee persons caucus to identify a replacement. Mosier announced Friday that she would resign the seat she won in 2010 in order to accept a state job with the Department of Health and Environment.

She has not yet set an effective date of her resignation, but it is expected to occur prior to March 1. In a letter to patients dated Jan. 3, Mosier said she intended to close her ophthalmological practice Feb. 10, although there was no political significance attached to that date.

The 2012 legislative session opened Monday.

Assuming he is selected for the interim seat, his declaration also puts Beer in the running during the general election in November. One condition set by party officials was that the successor to Mosier should be prepared to stand for the full two-year term.

“I’m also committing”(to party leaders) to be a candidate for the full term in the November election,” Beer said.

Beer’s had previously been mentioned as a prospective candidate for a new legislative seat in this area if one were created during the redistricting process. Since Beer lives in Mosier’s district, he was not considered a prospect to run against her. Mosier’s resignation in favor of taking the KDHE position removed the need for Beer to await the drawing of new legislative districts based on the 2010 adjusted census.

Democrats will of course be able to file a candidate to oppose Beer or whoever else is chosen to replace Mosier at the November election, but the decision on a replacement for the remainder of the 2012 session lies entirely with the Republican precinct committeepersons of the 67th district.

Once Mosier’s resignation is made formal, party leaders are required to wait at least 21 days before they can call of caucus of committee persons to vote on her replacement.

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