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Mast not sure of political direction

With one challenger already in the running and one media report saying she has already decided not to run for re-election, Emporia Rep. Peggy Mast says she is considering her political future.

Mast recently returned to Kansas after spending several weeks overseas.

Mast isn't putting a timeline on her decision. She says she will chat with family members before making an announcement. She also tells KVOE News she wants to ensure there is a quality candidate in line if she doesn't run.

Mast has served the 76th House District, including parts of Lyon, Coffey and Osage counties, since 1997. She ended this past legislative session as the Speaker Pro Tem after serving two years as Assistant Majority Leader. Speculation has already started Mast is in line for a position in the Brownback administration if she decides against running for re-election, but she tells KVOE News she has not been made aware of any position that could be in the offing.

Former Lyon County commissioner Teresa Briggs has already filed for the district seat as a Democrat. The Coffey County Republican, which has reported Mast is indeed stepping aside, also says Jeff Freeman, a Burlington native, one-time lawmaker for the 17th and 60th districts and an NRA representative for nearly a quarter-century, has announced he will file for the seat. Freeman has not returned a phone call from KVOE News seeking comment.

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