Richard Ranzau

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A third candidate has entered the race for the District 4 seat on the Sedgwick County Commission.

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A Republican primary election will be held in August for the 4th District seat on the Sedgwick County Commission.

Commissioner Richard Ranzau is facing a challenge from a retired business executive.

Ranzau launched his re-election campaign last week for a third term on the commission.

"I’m not ready to give up the fight — fighting for the taxpayers in my district," Ranzau says. "I think they need someone in the district who will make sound fiscal decisions and who is willing to fight for them on a daily basis."

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The Sedgwick County Commission has selected a new chairman, even as a movement to recall the previous chairman continues to move ahead.

Commissioner Jim Howell was named chairman in a 4-1 vote.

Richard Ranzau completed his year as chairman with a wrap-up of his accomplishments. They include a new tag office, space for the Metropolitan Area Building and Construction Department, as well as the Metropolitan Area Planning Department, and maintaining the mill levy rate.

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Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett has blocked a second attempt to recall Commissioner Richard Ranzau.

The group Recall Ranzau submitted a second petition earlier this month after Bennett rejected a previous push to recall the Sedgwick County Commission chairman. In it, they state that as a public official, Ranzau has failed to support the state constitution and failed to act as a commissioner and as a board of health. 

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Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett has blocked a recall effort against a county commissioner who has refused to accept millions of dollars in grants for local health programs.

Bennett announced Monday that the petition for an election seeking the recall of Sedgwick County Commission Chairman Richard Ranzau does not meet the narrow grounds prescribed by state law.

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Updated Nov. 23 at 5:43 p.m.: Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett has ruled the petition does not meet the legal grounds and will not proceed.

A group in Wichita filed a petition today with the Sedgwick County Election Office to remove Commissioner Richard Ranzau from office.