Mayor Wins Big In Re-Election Bid

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Carl Brewer looks like he may be on his way to another term as Wichita's Mayor.

Brewer had 77% of the vote, with Darrell Leffew with 10% in Tuesday's primary. The top two vote getters will advance to the general election.

Brewer, the incumbent mayor, said he is proud of being able to bring and keep jobs in Wichita, especially jobs in aviation. "My number one goal is to not stop there, but to continue working, diversifying what we actually have. Making ourselves not only the 'Air Capital of the World' but composites also, whether it be building aircraft or whether it be in the medical field. And, doing those types of things and looking and searching for additional opportunity, and marketing ourselves as a progressive city."

Leffew, a Wichita businessman, said in the next five weeks he plans to push forward towards the Office of Mayor. He said one of his main concerns is how tax dollars are being spent in Wichita. "What I want to bring to City Hall and the Office of Mayor is a better accounting of how we spend our tax dollars," Leffew said. "Not just transparency of city government, but full, wide open, an open book to every citizen."

In the closest race of the evening, City Council District 2, Charlie Stevens was the top vote getter. Pete Meitzner gathered ten more votes than Steve Harris.

James Clendenin and Mark S. Gietzen will face off in District 3.

Joshua Blick and Michael O'Donnell advanced to the general election in District 4.

There were only two candidates In District 5, incumbent Jeff Longwell and challenger Lynda Tyler. They both advance to the general election.

The general election will be held April 5th.

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