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McCray-Miller to run for county commission in 2014

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Sep. 7, 2012, at 7:26 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at 10:06 a.m.

Local government is where the action is, Rep. Melody McCray-Miller said Friday.

The Wichita Democrat said she plans to run for the District 4 seat on the Sedgwick County commission in 2014.

Republican Richard Ranzau serves the district, which covers north-central Wichita and Sedgwick County, including Valley Center, Park City, Sedgwick and Maize. He said Friday he has not yet decided whether he’ll run for a second four-year term.

McCray-Miller’s term in the Legislature ends Jan. 1; she did not seek re-election.

She is no stranger to the county commission bench.

She was elected a commissioner in 1994 and served one term. Her first term in Topeka started in 2005.

“My experience at the Legislature has brought me to an understanding that local government is really where action-oriented leadership can benefit people best,” she said.

McCray-Miller is ranking minority member on the Legislature’s Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee. She also serves on the children and families, taxation and elections committees and joint committees on parole board oversight and taxation.

McCray-Miller said she realizes the election is two years out, but “this will give me time to get back into the community and to listen to people about their concerns and start to formulate how to move the district forward. At this stage I feel that my talents and my skills will be best used at the county level.”

McCray-Miller also is a business owner, operating Millers Bar-B-Que Famous Baked Beans, and a consultant.

Her late father, Billy McCray, was a commissioner and legislator as well.

Tim Norton, the lone Democrat on the commission, said he had worked with McCray-Miller as a legislator.

“I thought she was balanced and cared for her constituency,” Norton said. “She has always been willing to sit down and listen to me as a county commissioner when I went to lobby at the state level.”

Reach Deb Gruver at 316-268-6400 or dgruver@wichitaeagle.com.

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