Election 2019

Coverage of the local races on the ballot in 2019.

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The nine-person field for Wichita’s next mayor has been narrowed to two.

In a tight primary race Tuesday, incumbent Mayor Jeff Longwell and Kansas state Rep. Brandon Whipple topped seven other candidates to advance to the general election ballot in November. Unofficial results show Longwell received 32.3 percent percent of the vote; Whipple received 25.9 percent.

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Joseph Shepard and Sheril Logan will face off for the at-large position on the Wichita school board after they received the most votes during Tuesday's primary.

Shepard finished on top with 32.2 percent of the vote. He worked for the Kansas Leadership Center before Newman University hired him last year as its director of multicultural engagement and campus life.

Shepard earned a master's degree in public administration from Wichita State University in 2018.

He said one of the reasons he's running is to better help students who have faced trauma. 

Early results in the primary election for Wichita mayor and the Wichita school board's at-large seat were released at 7:11 p.m., shortly after polls closed.

At 8:39 p.m., with 22,640 ballots cast (6,803 by mail or early voting), the Sedgwick County Election Office posted the following results:

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Don’t let the size of your ballot fool you: Tuesday’s election will have big implications for Wichita (as do all elections, really).

Two primary races will narrow the fields for Wichita mayor and the Wichita School Board’s at-large seat.

Here’s what you need to know about each race, including where to vote — if you haven’t already.

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Satellite polling centers in Wichita will open Thursday for voting ahead of the Aug. 6 primary election.

Polling centers will be open from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Voters can vote in any of the satellite locations.


With the candidate filing deadline now passed, the races for several Wichita city council seats are taking shape – including a crowded field for mayor.

Stephan Bisaha

Wichita Public Schools' board president will face three challengers in this year's election.

Sheril Logan has been on the board since 2011, making her the longest sitting member. Along with the current school year, she was board president in 2015 and 2017.

Her opponents include Trish Hileman, Joseph Shepard and Brent Davis.

The position is considered at large, letting anyone within Wichita Public Schools' boundaries run without being tied to a specific district.