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.
“That definitely gives us some time to sit down and have some great conversations, great dialogue, and all of the components of, what am I doing now that I’d like for you to carry on if you could," she says.
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