TOPEKA (KSNT) – Topeka City Councilman Chad Manspeaker announced Tuesday night that he will not seek reelection to his District 6 council seat this spring.
Manspeaker made the announcement during Tuesday night’s city council meeting.
He told the council he had thought over whether to seek a second term during the Christmas holidays.
In making his decision he noted his children were growing up, and between council duties and frequent commuting from Kansas City for private business matters he felt he needed to spend more time at home with his family when possible.
His current duties on the council include chairing the Policy and Finance committee and sitting as a member on the Budget and Long-Range Planning Committees. He also is a member of the Joint Economic Development Organization Board.
Recently, Manspeaker was outspoken on the city’s attempts to purchase Heartland Park Race Track, questioning some of the city’s estimates on potential revenue if the project goes ahead, and was one of the few council members to sign petitions demanding a public vote on the project.
Those petitions are currently on appeal to the Kansas Court of Appeals.