Carlin to run for re-election

By The Mercury

State Rep. Sydney Carlin, D-Manhattan, announced Tuesday she filed for re-election in the 66th District.

Carlin was first elected in 2002.

She is the ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Budget Committee and a member of House Appropriations, Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the Joint Committee on Claims Against the State.

“It is an honor and privilege to serve the 66th District, and there is much work to be done,” Carlin said in a press release. “I believe the best way to improve our economy and strengthen our state is to properly fund public schools.”

Among her accomplishments, Carlin listed negotiating on behalf of care providers and families for legislation providing insurance coverage for Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and introducing the Kansas False Claims Against the State Act, which has allowed the state to collect millions of dollars from fraudulent claims.

All of the area incumbents in the state House have officially stated their intentions.

Tom Phillips, R-Manhattan, and Ron Highland, R-Wamego, previously applied for re-election in the 67th and 51st districts, respectively.

Vern Swanson, R-Clay Center, announced in March he wouldn’t seek re-election in the 64th District.

Kathy Martin, a former member of the Kansas State Board of Education, and Susie Swanson, a retired social worker and Vern’s wife, will run against each other in the 64th District Republican primary.

The filing deadline for candidates is June 1.

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