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Three Kansas House incumbents file for re-election

The Manhattan area’s state representatives have all declared their intent for the 2022 election.

State Rep. Sydney Carlin, D-Manhattan, for the Kansas House District 66 race; Rep. Suzi Carlson, R-Clay Center, for District 64; and Rep. Mike Dodson, R-Manhattan, for District 67 have filed for re-election.

Carlin was first elected in 2002. She is the ranking minority member on the agriculture and agriculture and natural resources budget committees. She also serves on the House Appropriations Committee, Joint Committee on Corrections and Juvenile Justice Oversight and the 2021 Special Committee on the 30 x 30 Federal Initiative.

Carlson was first elected in 2018. She serves on the agriculture, health and human services, and water committees. She also serves on the Joint Committee on Child Welfare System Oversight.

Mike DodsonDodson was first elected in 2020. He serves on the elections, veterans and military, insurance and pensions, and commerce, labor and economic development committees.

Last month, Rep. Ron Highland, R-Wamego, said he wouldn’t run for re-election in District 51 after 10 years in office.

He endorsed Kenny Titus, an attorney and business owner who lives in Wamego, as his successor. Titus, a Republican, filed the same day Highland made his announcement.

The four House races have no other candidates, according to Kansas Secretary of State records. The candidate filing deadline is noon June 1.

The primary election is Aug. 2, and the general election is Nov. 8.

Originally published by The Manhattan Mercury.

Dodson Files For Re-Election to Kansas House

Mike Dodson

Manhattan, Kansas – State Representative Mike Dodson has filed for re-election to the Kansas House of Representatives, District 67. Mike is a retired Lieutenant General and former Mayor of Manhattan. Dodson was first elected to the seat in 2020. The 67th House district includes the western portion of the city of Manhattan and Riley County. 

“It has been an honor to serve my friends and neighbors in the Kansas House and I look forward to the opportunity to continue to meet with as many as possible to better understand their priorities for our community and our state,” said Dodson. 

Dodson serves as a member of the Elections Committee, Veterans and Military Committee, Insurance and Pensions Committee and the Commerce Labor and Economic Development Committee.   

“I’ve been fighting for local control and strategic investments to set Kansas up for success,” said Dodson. “We have a duty to invest in the children, infrastructure and health care in Kansas and our budget surplus now makes that possible.” 

Mike and his wife, Diane retired to Manhattan after a 37-year career in the United States Army, which included two tours at Fort Riley, one as Commanding General. In 2015, Mike, a lifelong Republican, was elected to the Manhattan City Commission, served three years as commissioner and one year as Mayor.  Mike also served as Chairman of the Riley County Law Board.    

Mike and his wife Diane have been married 57 years. They have three adult daughters and two grandchildren. He holds a master’s degree in engineering from Kansas State University. He is a past President of Manhattan Rotary, a member of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Little Apple Military Brigade, and former Chairman of the National Armed Services YMCA.