The cities of Leavenworth and Lansing will have a new state senator.

The cities of Leavenworth and Lansing will have a new state senator.

Steve Fitzgerald, a Republican, defeated incumbent Sen. Kelly Kultala, a Democrat, in the race for the Kansas Senate’s 5th District seat.

The 5th District includes the cities of Leavenworth and Lansing as well as a portion of Wyandotte County.

Fitzgerald received 12,609 votes, or 52 percent. Kultala received 11,786 votes, or 48 percent, according to the unofficial results released by the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office.

“I think it was a very hard fought campaign,” Fitzgerald said.

He said he looks forward to working with everyone in the district. He said the Leavenworth area and western Wyandotte County need to be more economically prosperous.

“I think that’s the most important thing right now,” he said.

This was Fitzgerald’s third run for the Kansas Senate. He unsuccessfully ran in 2004 and 2008. His 2008 run was against Kultala.

Fitzgerald said he wished to thank the people in the 5th District no matter who they voted for Tuesday.

“Now we can move forward to get some things done,” he said.

Fitzgerald said he’s looking forward to voting for the Senate leadership. He believes the Senate has suffered from bad leadership the last eight years.

Kultala said she was disappointed by the results Tuesday night but voters had spoken.

“It was a spirited campaign,” she said.

She said people knew where the candidates stood.

Kultala said she’s enjoyed representing Leavenworth and Lansing and the rest of the 5th District.

“I wish everyone well,” she said.