Republicans from Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties have selected someone to serve out the remainder of the term of retired state Sen. Steve Fitzgerald.

Updated 8:28 a.m. Oct. 20, 2018

Republicans from Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties have selected someone to serve out the remainder of the term of retired state Sen. Steve Fitzgerald.

During a meeting Thursday in Leavenworth, Republican precinct committeemen and committeewomen selected Kevin Braun, Kansas City, Kansas, to serve as the senator from the Kansas Senate’s 5th District.

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

Braun’s nomination now goes to Gov. Jeff Colyer, who will officially make the appointment, according to a news release from the Wyandotte County Republican Party.

Fitzgerald, Leavenworth, resigned from the Senate last month.

Braun is being appointed to serve in the position through the 2020 election.

“I am confident I will be able to serve the citizens of Bonner Springs, Lansing, Leavenworth and Kansas City with the same honesty and integrity shown by Sen. Fitzgerald over the last six years and I intend to run for election to a full term in 2020,” Braun said in the news release.

Braun, who works for a pharmaceutical company, retired from the Army Reserve on Aug. 1 with the rank of lieutenant colonel after 32 years of service. He is a veteran of both the United States Army and the Kansas Army National Guard. He previously was an instructor at Fort Leavenworth.

In a telephone interview, Braun said he threw his hat in the ring for the vacant Senate seat because he “was looking for ways to continue my public service.”

Braun has not served in an elected office, but he previously ran for the Kansas City, Kansas, Board of Public Utilities and the Kansas House of Representatives.

“Kevin Braun is a proven leader,” Fitzgerald said in a news release. “He is articulate, smart, energetic, engaging and politically fearless. Kevin converts Democrats and independents while energizing Republicans. He is the future of a resurgent Republican Party in Wyandotte and Leavenworth.”

Braun said in a news release that he is “extremely grateful for the support of Sen. Fitzgerald and Republican Party leaders as I start this new chapter of service in my life. I look forward to protecting the sanctity of life, maintaining fiscal responsibility and protecting conservative values.”

When he retired in September, Fitzgerald said he had decided not to run for re-election, and he wanted to give another Republican a chance to serve in the position ahead of the 2020 election.

Fitzgerald was first elected to the Senate in 2012 and re-elected in 2016.

Braun said he will have the same driving conservative principles as Fitzgerald. But Braun said he probably will have a little softer approach as a state senator.

Braun was selected for the appointment by receiving a majority of votes from Republican precinct committeemen and committeewomen.

Braun said he ran unopposed during Thursday’s meeting of Republican officials.

Colyer will make the appointment within seven days of receiving the results of Thursday’s vote.

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