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Sen. Will Kraus of Lee’s Summit named to Missouri Tax Commission

State Sen. Will Kraus
State Sen. Will Kraus File photo

A Republican state senator from Lee’s Summit has resigned from the legislature to take a job with the Missouri Tax Commission, and candidates are already lining up to replace him.

Gov. Eric Greitens announced Monday afternoon that he had appointed Sen. Will Kraus to the state tax commission. A special election will be held in November to choose Kraus’ replacement in the 8th District in eastern Jackson County.

“Being an advocate for smaller government and lower taxes has been the cornerstone of my legislative career,” Kraus said in a prepared statement. “Accordingly, I am honored to accept the governor’s appointment and look forward to continuing my work on behalf of the taxpayers of the great state of Missouri.”

Members of the tax commission earn roughly $106,000 a year in salary.

The campaign to replace Kraus will begin almost immediately. Unlike a normal election, where each party would hold a primary to pick a candidate for the November ballot, the Democratic and Republican nominees will be chosen by each party’s district committee.

House Majority Leader Mike Cierpiot, a Lee’s Summit Republican, told The Star Monday afternoon that he plans to seek the GOP nomination for the November special election.

Hillary Shields, co-founder of Indivisible KC, said Monday that she will seek the Democratic nomination.

Whoever emerges victorious in November will have to run again next year to secure a full four-year term in the Senate. Kraus was prevented from running for re-election because of term limits.

Jason Hancock: 573-634-3565, @J_Hancock