Forrest Swall, a Kansas University assistant professor of social welfare, said this morning that he has changed his mind about running as a Democrat for Lawrence's seat in the Kansas Senate.
Instead, Swall says he will file early next week to run for the Kansas House 45th District seat, which will be open because of the surprise retirement of Rep. John Solbach, D-Lawrence.
Swall, 60, said he decided to switch when Solbach told him this morning he would not seek re-election.
"At the time I announced I planned to run for the Senate seat I did not know that John wasn't going to run for the 45th," Swall said. "And I have always been interested in that seat and would have preferred that at the time I had announced for the Senate."
Swall, 60, said he has not discussed his decision with Democrat Barbara Ballard, KU's acting dean of student life, who is considering running for the Senate seat or for the House 44th District seat.
However, "I have been discussing it with the chair of the Douglas County Democrats and other Democrats in the county," Swall said.
Swall, who lives northwest of Lawrence near Martin Park, says he will file Monday or Tuesday for the position. The filing deadline for legislative candidates is noon Wednesday.
So far, two Republicans have filed for the seat and will face each other in the Aug. 4 primary, Martha Parker, rural Clinton, and Bob Skahan, Lawrence.