Both candidates on Republican ballot for District 21 state representative are withdrawing from the race

Walter Wright said Tuesday that he is withdrawing from the race for state representative.
Walter Wright said Tuesday that he is withdrawing from the race for state representative.

The only two candidates for District 21 state representative officially listed on the Johnson County Election Office site this morning are both withdrawing from the race.

The candidate list today shows only Republicans Barbara Bollier and Walter B. Wright. Bollier plans to run for the state senate seat being vacated by Sen. Kay Wolf. Wright said Tuesday that he has sent in a letter to withdraw from the race. The filing deadline is one week away at noon on June 1.

Wright, of Overland Park, is 18 years old and graduated this month from SM North High School. He indicated Tuesday that he is headed to Wichita State University for college in the fall which changes his plans to run for elective office at this point in his life. He is not ruling out a future entry into politics.

Wright’s brief candidacy did not represent a conservative challenge to Bollier’s position as a Republican moderate, he and his family indicated.

Wolf’s retirement announcement Tuesday and Bollier’s move to the senate race shook up the last minute candidate shuffling that may see more changes before the filing deadline.

Rep. Melissa Rooker in the 25th District has opposition from Democrat Matt McCann. Rep. Stephanie Clayton is currently unopposed in the 19th District. Democrat Jarrod Ousley in the 24th District has Republican opposition from Rob Johnson.