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Two Newcomers Win Wichita City Council Primary Races

From left: Jared Cerullo, Mike Hoheisel, Maggie Ballard and Cindy Claycomb
From left: Jared Cerullo, Mike Hoheisel, Maggie Ballard and Cindy Claycomb

Mike Hoheisel and Maggie Ballard will be on the November ballot against incumbents Jared Cerullo and Cindy Claycomb.

Two first-time candidates both won primary election races Tuesday for Wichita City Council.

Maggie Ballard defeated incumbent Cindy Claycomb and four other candidates in District 6. And Mike Hoheisel topped incumbent Jared Cerullo in the seven-candidate field in District 3.

Claycomb and Cerullo will still advance to the general election in November because they finished second.

Ballard, according to her election website, runs an online online sales company and a national nonprofit. It was her first run for office.

Claycomb, who is seeking a second term, won nearly 87% of the vote when she was elected to the seat in 2017.

District 6 includes parts of downtown, Delano, Riverside and North Wichita.

Hoheisel, a small-business owner, also had never run for office before. District 3 covers south-central Wichita.

Cerullo is seeking his first full term on the council. He was appointed to the position in March after James Clendenin resigned following a scandal tied to the 2019 mayoral election.

Voter turnout for the primary was 6%. Of the more than 68,465 registered voters eligible to cast a ballot, only 4,157 did so.

In the November general election, the District 1 City Council seat also will be on the ballot. Incumbent Brandon Johnson is seeking a second term. He is opposed by Myron Ackerman, who works for a national consulting company.

District 3 results

  • Mike Hoheisel: 403 votes
  • Jared Cerullo: 378 votes
  • Cindy Miles: 253 votes
  • Jason Carmichael: 127 votes
  • Jerome Crawford: 98 votes
  • Ian Demory: 86 votes
  • Tevin Smith: 33 votes

District 6 results

  • Maggie Ballard: 1,147 votes
  • Cindy Claycomb: 1,087 votes
  • Martin Garcia: 176 votes
  • Loren John Hermreck Jr.: 152 votes
  • Dereck Reynolds: 47 votes
  • Andy Speck: 25 votes
Tom joined KMUW in 2017 after spending 37 years with The Wichita Eagle where he held a variety of reporting and editing roles. He also is host of The Range, KMUW’s weekly show about where we live and the people who live here. Tom is an adjunct instructor in the Elliott School of Communication at Wichita State University.