Democratic state Sen. Dinah Sykes is seeking to replace longtime state Sen. Anthony Hensley as the party's leader in the Senate.
In an email sent out this week, Sykes is seeking support from the 11-member Democratic caucus to fill the minority leadership position that will come open for the first time since 1997 with Hensley's defeat in the general election.
She could face a challenge from veteran Democratic state Sen. Tom Holland, who was first elected to the state Senate from Baldwin City in 2008.
"The loss of Sen. Hensley is a tremendous blow to our caucus . . .