Republican precinct committee members in the 73rd House District met in McPherson Monday night and selected Les Mason of McPherson to succeed Clark Shultz in the Kansas House of Representatives.
According to the Hutchinson News, it took two rounds of voting to produce a candidate with enough votes to be approved. Eight people sought the legislative appointment.
Twenty two votes were needed to receive the seat. Mason had twenty three votes on the second ballot. The 59 year old Mason and his wife, Kala own the Old Muffin Factory in McPherson.
Mason told the News he plans to be in Topeka this week. His appointment must still be approved by Governor Sam Brownback before he can take the seat in the legislature.
The seat is up for reelection this fall, and Mason along with Donald Hobson and James Toews have already filed to run in the Republican primary. Von Peterson, a Canton Democrat, is also running for the 73rd District seat in the fall.