Voters choose candidates for city council seats
Two incumbents were the leading candidates in Tuesday's primary election contests for three seats on the Wichita City Council.
In the third district contest, incumbent James Clendenin received 73 percent of the vote in the primary. He will be challenged in the general election by activist and college student Clinton Coen, who has been a frequent critic of the city's policies on incentives and economic development. Coen had 13 percent of the vote. Retired Boeing employee Mary Dean had 12 percent.
In the sixth district, incumbent Janet Miller far outdistanced the other two candidates, and ended up with 79 percent of the vote. She will face community advocate Marty Mork, who had 10 percent of the vote. Occupy Wichita member Richard Stephenson had 9 percent.
In district four, consultant Joshua Blick and real estate broker Jeff Blubaugh will compete for the final two years of the term of Michael O'Donnell, who left the council when he was elected as a state senator. Blick had 41 percent of the vote in Tuesday's primary. Blubaugh had 29 percent. Businessman Craig Gabel finished with 23 percent of the vote, and David Glover had 5 percent.
In Park City, George Glover and Cecil Goldsmith were the top candidates for the Ward 2 seat on the city council.
There were 4,251 voters who cast ballots in Tuesday's primary, out of more than 90,000 eligible voters, for a turnout of less than 5 percent. The general election will be held April 2.