Reitz to decide fall election

By The Mercury

State Sen. Roger Reitz said Monday he will hold off on making a decision about his political future until the end of the legislative session, probably in April.

A two-term state senator with a lengthy record of public service including terms on the city and school district governing bodies, Reitz already faces two primary challengers in Bob Reader and Joe Knopp. Reitz said he was releasing the statement now because he has been asked several times by constituents about his plans for 2012.

“At this point, my focus is on serving the constituents of the 22nd Senate District,” the statement said. “There are a host of important issues in front of the legislature that deserve my full attention.”

In addition to Reader and Knopp, the names of other potential challengers, among them current school board member Pete Paukstelis, have surfaced.

Also still up in the air is the status of redistricting of the Kansas Senate. Reitz’s district, which includes much of the cities of Manhattan and Junction City, could be substantially redrawn in that redistricting process.

There have been reports that Junction City might be broken off into another district, with Reitz acquiring the remainder of Manhattan and much of the rest of Riley County.

The process of redrawing that district could directly bear on primary or general election challengers.

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