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Wichita Board To Interview City Council Hopefuls Next Week

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The Wichita City Council meets in January. Members will vote on a new member to replace outgoing District 2 representative Pete Meitzner next month.

Seven people are interested in filling a vacancy on the Wichita City Council next year.

The District 2 Advisory Board will conduct the first round of interviews for the seat at a public forum at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Rockwell Branch Library.

Pete Meitzner is in his second term as the District 2 council member. He resigned last month after he won the election to become the Sedgwick County Commissioner for the 1st District. 

Members of the advisory board will interview David Babich, Tyler Cooper, Marcey Gregory, Alex Meitzner, Daniel Rutherford, Charles Schmidt and Becky Tuttle. The board will select up to five finalists to submit to the City Council for consideration.

Council one-on-one interviews take place between Dec. 20 and Jan. 7. A majority council vote on Jan. 8 will determine who will be the new District 2 council member.

The new member will take the oath of office on January 15. The seat is up for election in November.

Candidates for the seat were required to submit a petition containing at least 100 signatures of qualified electors who live in the district.

Meitzner was first elected to City Council in 2011. He served on the Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission.

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