With Friday's filing deadline passed, this year's primary races are starting to take shape.
Of the three seats on the Sedgwick County Commission up for election, the 4th District is the most contested.
Incumbent Richard Ranzau will face retired businessman Hugh Nicks in the Republican primary, while activist Lacey Cruse and businessman Mike Kinard — who last year ran for a seat on the Wichita City Council — will be on the Democratic ballot.
Republican Commissioner Jim Howell will also have a challenger in the general election for the 5th District seat if former commissioner Jim Skelton gets the signatures needed to run as an independent. (Unaffiliated candidates have until Aug. 6, the day before the primary, to get on the ballot.)
City Council member Pete Meitzner is running as a Republican for the District 1 seat on the commission and will face businesswoman and Democrat Renee Duxler in November. Current Commissioner Dave Unruh isn’t seeking re-election.
Other local races that will be on the Aug. 7 primary ballot are:
District Judge, Division 7 (Republican primary):
- Jon Von Acken
- Rodger L. Woods
District Judge, Division 17 (Republican primary):
- Scott L. Anderson
- Richard C. Paugh
- David Lowden
Colwich City Council Member (at large):
- Angela Banz
- Tori Duling
- Terrie Nicholson
State Board of Education, District 7 (Republican primary):
- Robert M. D'Andrea
- Ben Jones