A former top staffer in the Kansas Senate is running for the seat that will come open when Gene Suellentrop officially resigns from the chamber on Jan. 2.
Chase Blasi, who worked for Senate presidents Susan Wagle and Ty Masterson, plans to seek the Senate District 27 seat.
The seat is coming open after Suellentrop indicated last week he would resign. The Sunflower State Journal first reported his decision to leave last week.
Suellentrop official submitted his resignation letter to the secretary of state's office on Monday, although he had alerted Senate leadership earlier of his intention to leave . . .