Salina Republican Charlie Roth of Salina has decided against running for another term in the Kansas House.
KSAL-AM reports that Roth made the announcement Monday in a message to friends and supporters. Roth has represented the 71st House District since he took over in 2005 for Carol Beggs, who passed away while in office.
Roth's message was quickly followed Monday by an announcement from J.R. Claeys (klayz) that he intends to run for the 71st District seat. Claeys, who's also from Salina, ran unsuccessfully for the GOP nomination for Kansas secretary of state in 2010.
Claeys had announced in November he planned to run for the Kansas House from the 69th District.