Politics & Government

Wichita area has a new legislator – a familiar face from Park City

Emil Bergquist, who spent 16 years as a Park City mayor or council member, has been chosen to replace Dr. Greg Lakin in the Kansas Legislature.

Bergquist, 62, was tapped by a Republican precinct committee Saturday to represent District 91, filling the seat Lakin vacated when he was appointed chief medical officer for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Bergquist was mayor of Park City from 2001 to 2005 and again from 2009 to 2013. He has spent another eight years on the city council.

He is expected to be sworn in as a state legislator sometime in the coming week and will serve the remainder of the term.

“I would anticipate running” for a full term this fall, he said.

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