Republican J. Basil Dannebohm of Ellinwood has filed for the Kansas State 113th District Representative position that will be up for election this fall, he announced on Monday.
“I love the 113th District,” said Dannebohm. The 113th District is comprised of Ellinwood, Stafford, Pawnee Rock, Pratt, Lyons and Alden.
"Basil is the kind of hardworking, principled conservative that the people in the 113th deserve to have represent them, said Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
Marshall Christmann currently holds that position. Christmann intends to run for the Kansas State Senate 35th District, Dannebohm said. Dannebohm is Marshall’s chief of staff and political advisor.
Christmann was first elected to the Kansas House in 2012. Jay Emler was the state senator for the 35th district, but resigned due to his appointment to the Kansas Corporation Commission in January of this year.
Dannebohm is currently the Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce administrator. “I plan to give this district as much passion as I have given my home town,” said Dannebohm. “I will strive for collaboration.”
Dannebohm was recently appointed to the board of directors for the Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns and for the Central Kansas Library System by Gov. Sam Brownback.
Dannebohm grew up in Ellinwood and returned to Kansas about a year ago after working in Lawrence, Colorado and California.
“I’m ready to hit the ground running,” he said. “I will continue to keep chamber hours. It will not suffer as a result.”
He is also willing to meet constituents for coffee.
The state legislature is in session for 90 days from January to April of each year.
Lloyd Kurtz was named treasurer of Dannebohm’s campaign.