The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

July 1, 2013

Democratic Party chooses successor to Rep. Grant

By Andra Bryan Stefanoni
news@joplinglobe.com

FRONTENAC, Kan. — Democratic Party precinct committee members appointed Frontenac business owner Adam Lusker on Monday night to fill the unexpired term of 2nd District state Rep. Bob Grant, D-Frontenac, in the Kansas House.

Grant’s current term runs through 2014, but after serving for more than 20 years, he announced this spring that he planned to retire in December. No other candidates besides Lusker sought the appointment.

Lusker will serve from December 2013 to December 2014.

The seat will be up for election in November 2014, with the winner assuming office in January 2015.

“I think Adam is a good choice,” Grant said Monday. “He probably will do a better job than I did.”

Lusker, a lifelong resident of Frontenac, has owned and operated Lusker Masonry since 1994.

He graduated from Frontenac High School in 1991, served in the Navy Reserve from 1991 until 1994, then transferred to the Kansas Army National Guard where he served out his enlistment. Lusker has an honorable discharge from the Navy and the Army National Guard.

He has served on the Frontenac School Board since 2009. It’s uncertain whether he will be allowed to retain the seat. When Grant was first elected as state representative, he was mayor of Cherokee and was allowed to retain that office.

Lusker said that as a state representative, he will make education a top priority. He also cited job creation and tax policy as concerns.

He and his wife, Lisa, have three children, A.J., Jack and Delaney.



2nd District

THE 2ND HOUSE DISTRICT covers most of Crawford County, including Arcadia, Arma, Cherokee, Franklin, Frontenac, Girard, Hepler, McCune, Mulberry and Walnut. The district also includes eastern Neosho and Allen counties, and southwestern Bourbon County.