A Lawrence Democrat was selected in a special election Saturday to complete the unexpired term of former state Rep. John Wilson, party officials said.
Eileen Horn, who has worked since 2010 as sustainability director for Lawrence and Douglas County, was nominated by Wilson during the convention in Baldwin City.
Voting members of the convention selected Horn over Brandon Holland, the son of state Sen. Tom Holland, to represent the 10th District in the Kansas Legislature through January 2019.
The House district includes portions of Lawrence, Baldwin City and southeast Douglas County.
Prior to her role in municipal government, Horn was outreach coordinator for the Climate and Energy Project and founded the Kansas chapter of Interfaith Power and Light. She earned a master’s degree in natural resources from the University of Vermont and a biology degree from Catholic University of America.
Two months ago, Wilson informed House colleagues of his decision to step down from the Legislature in July. He had served the district since 2013.
“My attention and energy is divided,” he said. “Now is actually a really great time to be in the Legislature. It’s just not a really great time for me.”