She says she has been invigorated by recent developments in the Legislature, and with that Peggy Mast is pushing on for re-election to the House 76th District.
Last month, Mast had told Coffey County elected leaders she was withdrawing from the race, and she had also told KVOE News she was in discussions with an as-yet-unnamed person for possibly taking her place in the upcoming elections.
Last fall, Mast was in a similar position, briefly saying she was withdrawing before LeRoy Republican Jeff Freeman entered the race. Mast then re-entered, prompting Freeman to exit the race until earlier this year.
Mast was first elected in 1996. She has risen up the leadership ranks since then, serving as Speaker Pro Tempore the past two sessions and previously serving as Assistant Majority Leader.
The district has a crowded field, with two former Republicans changing their affiliations. One-time Lyon County commissioner Teresa Briggs is running on the Democrat side. Former Ninth District Rep. Bill Otto is running as an independent.
The primary is Aug. 5. The general election is Nov. 4.