Candidate says maps to keep him in district

By The Mercury

A conservative Republican candidate for the Kansas Senate said Friday that both sides in the debate over the redrawing of Senate districts are now drawing his residence within the boundaries of the proposed new district.

Bob Reader expressed confidence that when the final boundaries are drawn, that will remain the situation.

Reader lives on 52nd Street in rural Riley County, a street that formed part of the district boundary on a map advanced by Senate moderates last week. Senate and House conservatives have offered a different map with more expansive boundaries that encompass his residence, and Reader said Friday that Senate moderates have adjusted their map to bring his residence within the boundary as well.

“I am delighted to have the support of both the Senate and the House in keeping me in district,” Reader said. “For the good of the State, I hope they will come to an amicable resolution soon, so that there is ample time for a fair election for all voters, particularly those serving overseas in our military.”

Reader and Joe Knopp are declared candidates in the contest for the seat currently held by moderate Republican Roger Reitz. Reitz has not made public his own re-election intentions, and no Democrats have yet stepped forward for the race.

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