Shultz tapped for Senate seat, special election to be held in November

By Staff Reports
January 31, 2014

Republican precinct committee members Thursday night chose State Representative Clark Shultz from McPherson to fill the 35th District Senate seat vacated recently by Jay Emler, due to Emler's appointment by Governor Sam Brownback to the Kansas Corporation Commission.

“I’m very humbled,” Shultz told the Hutchinson News. “It’s an honor.”

Brownback has to formally approve Shultz’s appointment.

McPherson County Republican Party Chairman David Bohnenblust organized the Thursday convention at the McPherson Opera House.

During Thursday night’s vote, Shultz got 94 of the 104 votes.

Shultz is currently a state representative for the 73rd House District, where he has served since 1997. A vote to select his replacement for that position will take place at 7 p.m. February 17th at the Wesley Black Fine Arts Center at Central Christian College in McPherson.

Major debate and votes in the Kansas Senate were postponed until Emler’s position was filled out of respect for the citizens in District 35.

It’s a position that Shultz unsuccessfully tried for in 1992.

The 35 th Senate District encompasses all or part of McPherson, Chase, Ellsworth, Marion, Morris, Rice and Dickinson counties. A special election will be held in November to pick a candidate to complete the final two years of the four-year term Emler won in 2012.

Shultz is running for State Insurance Commissioner this year.