Martin files for Swanson’s House seat

By The Mercury

CLAY CENTER – Kathy Martin, outspoken former member of the Kansas State Board of Education, filed Thursday to run for the 64th District seat in the Kansas House of Representatives.

Martin, a Republican from rural Clay Center, at this point would face a primary challenge from Kansas State University senior music major Ben Wilson, who also has filed for the seat.

No other potential candidates have filed or announced to this point. 

However many candidates end up in the race, they’ll be competing for Rep. Vern Swanson’s seat in the House.

Swanson (R-Clay Center) announced last month that he would not seek re-election for the seat he’s occupied since 2006.

Martin is a retired elementary teacher, and served on the Kansas State Board of Education from 2005 to 2012 as representative from the 6th District.

She became well known for her support of creationism in Kansas school science curricula. Standards to include creationism were adopted in 2005 and amended in 2007.

The Clay Center Dispatch reported that Martin taught school full-time for over 30 years, and is currently a substitute teacher for the three districts in Riley, Clay and Geary counties.

She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Kansas State University.

Martin is also chair of the Clay County Republican Committee and is on the Republican State Committee.

She is a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Clay Center, where she is past chairperson of the Parish Council, president of the CWO and Sunday school teacher, according to the Dispatch.

She is on the Salina Diocese Respect Life Commission and serves as the commission’s secretary.

Martin and her husband, Max, have three daughters and 10 grandchildren.

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