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Kelli Grant, Pete Meitzner compete for Sedgwick County’s 1st District Seat

Kelli Grant (left) is running as a Democrat against incumbent Republican Pete Meitzner.
Celia Hack
Kelli Grant (left) is running as a Democrat against incumbent Republican Pete Meitzner.

Meitzner says he brings a business-oriented mindset to the position while Grant highlights her background in social justice issues.

This November, voters will decide whether Sedgwick County Commissioner Pete Meitzner will represent the county’s 1st District for a second term.

Meitzner, a Republican, served on the City Council for two terms before running for county commission in 2018. Before his foray into local politics, he worked in telecommunications, serving as presidentof a publicly traded telecom firm. A business ethos is what he brings to the elected role, he said.

Democrat Kelli Grant, a political newcomer, said she brings a background in social justice issues to the role. She has a master’s degree in criminal justice and is currently a candidate for a doctorate in sociology at Wichita State University. Grant is also a small business owner and has worked as an employee in multiple county departments, including COMCARE and Department of Corrections.

The 1st District covers the northeast corner of Sedgwick County, including Kechi, Bel Aire and College Hill.

Here's where the candidates stand on issues and questions facing the district.

Celia Hack is a general assignment reporter for KMUW. Before KMUW, she worked at The Wichita Beacon covering local government and as a freelancer for The Shawnee Mission Post and the Kansas Leadership Center’s The Journal. She is originally from Westwood, Kansas, but Wichita is her home now.