A longtime county employee and elected official was selected to represent a newly drawn seat in the state legislature, where he hopes to put a focus on local issues, such as who decides whether to form a new town.
John Price will leave his job as a Johnson County Commissioner to represent parts of Johnson and Morgan counties at the statehouse.
With a total of 18,378 votes in Morgan and Johnson counties, or 71 percent, Price was named state representative for district 47. He had faced a challenge from Democrat Chris Grider, who earned a total of 7,615 votes, or 29 percent.
The boundaries of the seat were redrawn and now include more of Johnson County and make longtime State Rep. Ralph Foley no longer eligible to represent the district.