Kansas state Rep. Charlie Roth not seeking re-election

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April 13, 2012

Rep. Charlie Roth

SALINA, Kansas: Kansas state Representative Charlie Roth (R) has announced he will not run for another term in 2012.[1] Roth was first appointed to the 71st District seat in 2005, following the death of Carol Beggs.

While not yet finalized, the district boundaries will be altered under the once-a-decade redistricting process. J.R. Claeys, who unsuccessfully ran for Secretary of State in 2010, has announced his intention to run for Roth's seat.

In announcing his retirement Roth said, "It has been my privilege and honor to serve the constituents of the 71st District in the Kansas House of Representatives for the last 8 years. This has been a great experience and I have been witness to some significant events in Kansas history during these years. I have expanded my circle of friends and neighbors and for that I am grateful. Those relationships and memories will last a lifetime.”[1]

Republicans currently hold a 92-33 majority in the House and 32-8 majority in the Senate. Along with Democrats, moderate Republicans are expected to be fighting to retain their seats this year as conservative Gov. Sam Brownback and his allies have targeted them for defeat.[2]

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