State Rep. Sydney Carlin filed petitions with the secretary of state formalizing her bid for a sixth term in office Thursday.
A Democrat who represents the 66th District in the Kansas House, Carlin was first elected in 2002 and has been re-elected every year since. Republican Lee Modesitt, who unsuccessfully challenged Carlin in 2010, has already filed to be her opponent in November. Carlin won 52 percent of the vote in that 2010 election.
“I want to continue to serve the community during this changing economy,” Carlin said in submitting her petitions. She said her focus will be on constituents. “We have done many things and there is more work for me to do,” she said.
The 66th District largely has consisted of the north and eastern portions of the city. When a federal court draws new legislative boundaries that the Kansas Legislature failed to get done during its recently concluded session, those boundaries are not expected to change substantially. Generally speaking they include most of the city north of Poyntz and Anderson Avenues and east of Seth Child Road.
Carlin was frequently critical of the Legislature’s actions during the recently concluded session. A member of the House Appropriations Committee, she lobbied unsuccessfully to increase salaries for state employees, and was critical of a tax reduction signed into law earlier this week by Gov. Brownback that she said would jeopardize the state’s fiscal health.