Brandon Whipple

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When Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple was sworn into office on Jan. 13, 2020, he thought the recently announced layoffs at Spirit AeroSystems would be his biggest challenge.

"And then, you know," he said, "the pandemic hit."

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Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple says the city will take action against businesses that openly defy a new county health order meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The pandemic has arrived at Wichita City Hall.

Mayor Brandon Whipple, the City Council, City Manager Robert Layton and other city employees are in quarantine for two weeks after council member Brandon Johnson tested positive for COVID-19.

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Wichita City Council members voted Tuesday to formally denounce one of their colleagues and two other elected officials accused of putting together a false attack ad against the mayor.

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A majority of Sedgwick County commissioners have lost trust in commissioner Michael O’Donnell to continue in his elected position and are exploring official options.

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Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple thanked the community for its support after police arrested a man Friday for allegedly threatening his life.

“Chelsea (Whipple’s wife), the boys, & I appreciate the kind thoughts & prayers,” Whipple said in a statement on his Facebook page. “We also would like to thank the brave men & women of the Wichita Police who protect not just us, but our entire community.

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City and religious leaders are calling for demonstrations to "get back on track" after protests turned destructive for the second night in a row.

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Wearing face masks and carrying signs, hundreds of Wichitans demonstrated in front of the north police substation Saturday afternoon to call for justice for George Floyd and other African-Americans killed by police officers.

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Wichita will have a new mayor next year.

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Voters in Wichita will decide next week whether to stay the course with the city’s current mayor, or take city hall in a different direction.

Incumbent Mayor Jeff Longwell is seeking re-election against state Rep. Brandon Whipple. Each candidate brings years of political experience to the role — one local, the other at the state level.