UPDATED: Fitzgerald announces retirement; former statehouse candidate possible successor

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(Updated to add comments from Senate president, Equality Kansas; add picture of Braun)

Conservative Kansas state Sen. Steve Fitzgerald said Monday he is retiring from the Senate after serving a little more than a term.

Fitzgerald, 73, confirmed his retirement plans after news of his departure was announced in an email distributed by Republican Congressional candidate Steve Watkins shortly before 1 p.m. The statement commended Fitzgerald on his public service.

Watkins defeated Fitzgerald and a field of five others in the Republican primary last month. It was a hotly contested primary in which Fitzgerald criticized Watkins for failing to . . .

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