Republican leaders pick Toplikar replacement

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Olathe Republican leaders on Tuesday night picked political consultant Matt Bingesser to replace retired state Rep. John Toplikar.

Bingesser will serve out Toplikar's term in House District 15 for the rest of the year. He was unopposed for the seat.

Bingesser's running for a full two-year term this fall against Democrat Allison Hougland, an Olathe real estate agent.

The political makeup of the district is 39.7% Republican, 30.2% Democrat and 28.7% unaffiliated.

Toplikar resigned in July after suffering a heart attack, but he had already announced that he did not plan to seek reelection . . .

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