Nadya Faulx

Digital News Editor / Reporter

Nadya joined KMUW in May 2015 after a year at a newspaper in western North Dakota, where she did not pick up an accent.

Before entering the wild world of journalism, she studied international relations, worked at a dog daycare and taught English at a school in the Republic of Georgia (not all at the same time). KMUW marks her triumphant return to public media; she previously interned with the diversity department at the NPR mothership in Washington, D.C.

She enjoys traveling, reading, making jewelry that could easily be mistaken for the work of a 4-year-old, and hanging out with her cat, Dragon.

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Last week’s general election was the first local one held in the fall. The change from spring elections gives newly elected Wichita City Council officials more time to prepare before they enter office.

Outgoing Councilwoman Lavonta Williams says that in the past, local elections were an “immediate transaction”: officials were elected one week, and sworn in the next.

Now, though, incoming members of the council have close to two months to prepare for their new jobs.

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It took election workers about an hour Friday to count the 122 ballots that trickled in on and after Tuesday’s election.

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Incoming Wichita City Council representative Brandon Johnson will be the youngest on the board by more than a decade.

Johnson won the race for the District 1 seat with about 65 percent of the vote. Speaking to supporters on election night, he reflected on the importance of engaging young residents.

"It’s about working together, bridging gaps," he said. "Age gaps, gender gaps."

The 31-year old community activist said as a council member, he wants to make sure everyone has a voice.

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Two new faces are joining the Wichita City Council next year.

It might be considered common knowledge now that three seats on the City Council—in Districts 1, 3 and 6--are on the ballot in Tuesday’s general election. But what might be less clear is why it matters who represents us. The positions are non-partisan, so sweeping policy changes aren't likely after any election, but there could be as many as three new faces on the council next year, depending on how the races go.

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James Clendenin is the only incumbent on Wichita's city council running in Tuesday's general election. He’s up for the 3rd District seat against first-time candidate William Stofer.

District 3 covers south and southeast Wichita, an area both candidates say doesn't have the best image throughout the rest of the city. 

William Stofer, a writer, says it’s why he decided to run for office.

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Two names will be on the ballot for the 6th District seat on Wichita’s City Council, but only one candidate has been campaigning.

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Fifteen more early voting sites open today around Sedgwick County before next week’s local general election.

Registered voters can cast their advance ballots at any of the sites, or at the Sedgwick County Election Office in downtown Wichita.

See a map of voting sites here.

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Next week, voters get to decide which of two candidates will replace outgoing Wichita City Councilwoman Lavonta Williams in District 1.

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Kansas utility regulators are moving forward with an accelerated program to replace aging gas pipelines, despite objections from three energy companies.

The Kansas Corporation Commission approved its Accelerated Replacement Program last month, calling on gas companies to speed up the process of fixing or replacing old pipes.