Candidate Lists Are In

By: KAKE News
By: KAKE News

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Long-time Mayor Bob Knight is out, as is the filing deadline to run for mayor.

Who wants to run the biggest city in the state?

The list includes names you know, like movie-man Bill Warren, lawmaker Carlos Mayans, Joan Cole and Bill Gale. But, the list includes 11 others, including James Womack, Michael Rumford, Carl Kramer, Lin Harris, George Poulos, King David Davis, Kenneth Kindler, Matthew Goolsby, Michael Esparza, Martin Mork, and Jim Purkey.

Movie-man Bill Warren is a front-runner, and so is lawmaker Carlos Mayans.

Twenty-year-old candidate Matt Goolsby calls himself, simply, the 20-year-old. But Goolsby is serious about being Mayor, and wants to cut out some projects like the Riverwalk idea.

Another candidate, Ken Kindler, is not 20 -- he's retired, and he's not a big fan of city spending -- especially on anything downtown.

Kindler would donate his salary as Mayor to a charity, and he hopes that will bring in votes.

Political experts say that name familiarity is very important. The reason given by experts is because Bob Knight was Mayor for a long time, and, like him or not, some got used to having a Mayor with a familiar name.

Another candidate running is laid-off Boeing worker Martin Mork. He wants to do away with a lot of laws on the books, and also wants to bring Wichita a major theme park like Disney.

While some candidates don't like the idea of a Riverwalk development and others don't like the idea of spending money downtown. One thing all the candidates agree on -- they all want to bring more jobs to Wichita.

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