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Ranzau And Howell Elected To The Sedgwick County Commission

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The two conservatives headed to the Sedgwick County Commission for new terms in January are already thinking ahead. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar has the results from Tuesday’s election. 


Voters in the 4th District for the Sedgwick County Commission picked Republican Richard Ranzau to serve a second term.

He won the race by a vote of 51 percent--just 554 votes over Democratic challenger Melody McCray-Miller.

She received 48-percent of the vote and led the race, at times, by a slim margin. Ranzau knows what will be his first order of business.

“I think it was a mistake for the county to close the boys’ ranch and come January I’d like to reverse that decision and begin taking steps necessary to reopen the boys’ ranch,” he says.

Ranzau will have a supporter of the Boys’ Ranch in the 5th District--Republican Jim Howell, who won that seat over Democrat Richard Young.

Howell who’s moving from the statehouse to the county says he looks forward to joining the commission.

“I get along very well with all the commissioners,” he says. “I’ve met with everyone of them. We’ve had long conversations about what I’d like to do at county commission. I believe we’re going to be getting along just fine. I expect we’ll have great discussions.”

Commission chairman Dave Unruh was unopposed in the election and will continue to serve the 1st District.

Deborah joined the news team at KMUW in September 2014 as a news reporter. She spent more than a dozen years working in news at both public and commercial radio and television stations in Ohio, West Virginia and Detroit, Michigan. Before relocating to Wichita in 2013, Deborah taught news and broadcasting classes at Tarrant County College in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area.