Veteran Democratic state Sen. Marci Francisco is entering the race to replace Anthony Hensley as the top Democrat in the Kansas Senate.
Francisco, who represents Lawrence, sent out a letter Tuesday afternoon announcing her candidacy for minority leader, a position Hensley has held more than 20 years.
Her announcement sets up a race with Democratic Sen. Dinah Sykes of Lenexa, who also has announced she is running for the position.
Democratic Sen. Tom Holland of Baldwin City also has been mentioned as a candidate for the post but . . .