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Rep. Suellentrop said to consider run for state Senate

TOPEKA — Wichita Republican Rep. Gene Suellentrop may be considering a run against Sedgwick Republican Sen. Carolyn McGinn in the August primary election. But his decision could hinge on redistricting maps that are at the heart of a political battle being waged in the Statehouse.

Rep. Brenda Landwehr, R-Wichita, said Suellentrop is considering a Senate run on her Facebook page Monday.

Today, Suellentrop said he would consider running even if lawmakers approve a map that leaves Gary Mason in the same district. But he declined to discuss it further. Mason, a Wichita businessman, has announced plans to run against McGinn as part of a roster of conservative Republicans challenging moderate Republicans in the Senate who they say block bills backed by Gov. Sam Brownback and members of the more conservative House.

“Depending on the outcome, we should weigh all options,” Suellentrop said.

Under one map approved by the House, Suellentrop would be in McGinn’s district. Previously, he would have been in the district represented by Wichita Republican Sen. Jean Schodorf. Landwehr has filed to run against Schodorf in the Republican primary in August.

Suellentrop lives in northwest Wichita near North Ridge Road and West 29th Street North. Another map that has some support in the Senate appears to put Suellentrop in the same district as Wichita Republican Sen. Les Donovan.