Richard Ranzau

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With the recount of last week’s votes for a Sedgwick County Commission race now complete, Commissioner Richard Ranzau remains the winner of the Republican primary for the 4th District.

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A Republican candidate for the Sedgwick County Commission is requesting a recount of last week’s primary votes.

Shortly after the Board of Canvassers certified election results Tuesday, Hugh Nicks turned in the paperwork to start recount proceedings in his race against Commissioner Richard Ranzau. The two faced each other in the Republican primary for the commission's 4th District seat.

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Sedgwick County Commissioner Richard Ranzau is one step closer to a third term.

Voters elected Ranzau over challenger Hugh Nicks in the Republican primary for the 4th District seat Tuesday.

Ranzau was trailing in a close race against Nicks for most of the night. In the end, he edged Nicks by 87 votes. Ranzau received 51 percent of the vote to Nicks’ 49 percent.

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Voters will elect three Sedgwick County commissioners this year to represent the 1st, 4th and 5th Districts. The 4th District is the only one with a primary next week.

In the Republican race, a political newcomer is trying to unseat an incumbent.  

Hugh Nicks is a retired businessman from Maize. He worked as a teacher, financial advisor, business owner and marketing executive. He also coached high school sports and served on the boards of several civic organizations.

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A third candidate has entered the race for the District 4 seat on the Sedgwick County Commission.

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A Republican primary election will be held in August for the 4th District seat on the Sedgwick County Commission.

Commissioner Richard Ranzau is facing a challenge from a retired business executive.

Ranzau launched his re-election campaign last week for a third term on the commission.

"I’m not ready to give up the fight — fighting for the taxpayers in my district," Ranzau says. "I think they need someone in the district who will make sound fiscal decisions and who is willing to fight for them on a daily basis."

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The Sedgwick County Commission has selected a new chairman, even as a movement to recall the previous chairman continues to move ahead.

Commissioner Jim Howell was named chairman in a 4-1 vote.

Richard Ranzau completed his year as chairman with a wrap-up of his accomplishments. They include a new tag office, space for the Metropolitan Area Building and Construction Department, as well as the Metropolitan Area Planning Department, and maintaining the mill levy rate.

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Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett has blocked a second attempt to recall Commissioner Richard Ranzau.

The group Recall Ranzau submitted a second petition earlier this month after Bennett rejected a previous push to recall the Sedgwick County Commission chairman. In it, they state that as a public official, Ranzau has failed to support the state constitution and failed to act as a commissioner and as a board of health. 

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Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett has blocked a recall effort against a county commissioner who has refused to accept millions of dollars in grants for local health programs.

Bennett announced Monday that the petition for an election seeking the recall of Sedgwick County Commission Chairman Richard Ranzau does not meet the narrow grounds prescribed by state law.

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Updated Nov. 23 at 5:43 p.m.: Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett has ruled the petition does not meet the legal grounds and will not proceed.

A group in Wichita filed a petition today with the Sedgwick County Election Office to remove Commissioner Richard Ranzau from office.

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