- Associated Press - Thursday, May 22, 2014

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) - A state House member from northeast Kansas has decided against running for re-election as she prepares to deploy to Kosovo with the 35th Infantry Division.

Democrat Melanie Meier, of Leavenworth, is a lieutenant colonel in the Kansas Army National Guard.

The Leavenworth Times reports (https://bit.ly/1okywk3 ) Meier was recently notified of her pending deployment to Kosovo as part of the National Guard’s ongoing mission in NATO peacekeeping operations.

Meier said in a news release it would be unfair to voters if she won re-election knowing she would miss the 2015 legislative session.

Meier was first elected to the Kansas House in 2008 but mobilized in early 2009 for a yearlong deployment to Iraq. She resigned her seat but regained it in a special election upon her return.

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Information from: Leavenworth (Kan.) Times, https://www.leavenworthtimes.com

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