PITTSBURG — Having spent some time away from the spotlight, Terry Calloway is back on the political scene.

The Republican announced his candidacy for Kansas 3rd district house representative at about 3 p.m. Thursday at Pitsco at 917 East Jefferson St.

Calloway served as a member of the house of representatives from 2011 to 2013. Before he ran for office, Calloway was the chairman of Pittsburg City Planning Commission/Board of Zoning Appeals. Alongside his candidacy, Calloway works at Data Technique, a computer software and consulting firm.

“I’ve never come up with the idea to run myself — it’s always someone coming along and suggesting I do it,” he said. “When I ran for senate, I publicly stated if I didn’t win last May, then I would run again, and I kind of made a commitment to do that.”

Calloway said he was mostly interested in occupying the seat he previously held as opposed to running for a separate position.

“Senator Richard Hilderbrand is doing a good job and it didn’t make sense for me to become a Republican primary candidate against someone who was already acting with the same principals I had,” he said. “It’s about service above self because he’s already serving the way I want to serve.”

— Brandon Schmitz is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be reached at bschmitz@morningsun.net.