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Nadya Faulx / KMUW

On June 3, the last day for candidates to file, Mike Magness entered the race for Wichita City Council.

"I watched. It was about spring break, so this would be, what, middle of March,” says Magness, a longtime teacher. "I would start looking to see who would put up their name for District 5. Nobody, nobody, nobody.

"And then late May, after Memorial Day, Mr. Frye put his name in, and then nobody else, and I thought, 'Somebody needs to run against him.'"

Deadline To Vote In The November Election Is Approaching

Oct 11, 2019
LaRissa Lawrie / KMUW

The deadline to register to vote for the November election is Tuesday.

Carole Neal is the Voter Service chair with the League of Women Voters of Kansas, a nonprofit that encourages people to participate in government. She says people seem more aware of this election, which is reflected in more people registering to vote.

Neal said people realize their voice needs to be heard.

“We’ve really tried to educate ... them how one vote can make a difference, especially in a local election,” she said.

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Supporters of Lyndy Wells are encouraging the Wichita businessman to campaign as a write-in candidate in next month's mayoral election.

Sedgwick County In The Market For Election Workers

Oct 7, 2019
Carla Eckels / KMUW

The Sedgwick County Election Office is recruiting workers for the November election.

Workers are paid for mandatory training, and for working at Early Voting Centers and on Election Day.

Cross-trained clerks, runners and provisional ballot judges are paid $7.50 an hour. Supervising judges are paid $10 an hour; supervising judges and runners are also paid mileage.

Melissa Schnieders is the deputy election commissioner for Sedgwick County. She said between 600 and 700 workers help with mayoral and school district elections.

Chris Neal for the Kansas News Service

Kansas lawmakers spent years imposing ever tougher restrictions on abortion and then saw the state Supreme Court declare that women hold a right to the procedure.

Now Republicans and abortion opponents appear determined to amend the Kansas Constitution to reverse that ruling.

Kansas Treasurer Jake LaTurner is ending his campaign for the U.S. Senate and will instead launch a primary challenge against Republican Congressman Steve Watkins.

Maize USD 266

Voters in the Maize school district approved a $108.2 million bond for two new schools and a complex for an auditorium and indoor swimming pool.

Newton Public Schools, Facebook

The Newton School District is asking voters to approve an $86 million bond proposal for high school upgrades and a new elementary school.

The bond issue is split into two ballot questions for the district’s special election.

The first question involves upgrades to Newton High School and safety and security projects at all schools. The projects total about $61 million.

The district wants to add a new science wing and a gym that would double as a storm shelter at Newton High.

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Lyndon Wells and Brandon Whipple were in a tight race for second place in the Wichita mayoral primary last week.

In the end, Whipple edged Wells to advance to the general election in November against incumbent Jeff Longwell.  

LaRissa Lawrie / KMUW

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.

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