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A dozen candidates have filed for four open seats on the Wichita city council, and one race will have a primary election.
Four candidates have filed for the remaining 2 years on the term of Michael O'Donnell, who stepped down in District 4 when he became a state senator. The candidates are Joshua Blick, who ran for the seat against O'Donnell 2 years ago, Goddard school board member Jeff Blubaugh, businessman Craig Gabel, and David Glover. A primary election will be held February 26th.
The remaining seats on the city council will be decided in the April 2nd general election. In District 1, incumbent Lavonta Williaims will be challenged by Dave Thomas, a salesman. In District 3, incumbent James Clendenin will be challenged by Clinton Coen and Mary Dean. The District 6 race has incumbent Janet Miller, previous council candidate Marty Mork, and Occupy Wichita member Richard Stephenson.
The school board races in Wichita have attracted 7 candidates. Incumbents Betty Arnold and Lynn Rogers are unopposed in districts 1 and 6. The district 2 race has Joy Eakins and Scott Poor, while the district 5 contest has John Crane, Peter Grant, and Michael Rodee. Incumbents Connie Dietz and Lanora Nolan chose not to file for new terms in districts 2 and 5.