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Ranzau will seek second term on Sedgwick County Commission

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at 2:26 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at 10:06 a.m.

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Sedgwick County Commissioner Richard Ranzau, whose district covers the north-central part of Sedgwick County including Park City and Valley Center, announced Friday that he will seek a second four-year term.

Ranzau, a Republican who often votes against spending or accepting federal grants for local programs, said he is running in part because “While we have had some success, the county continues to have a spending problem and there continues to be a lack of critical thinking when it comes to many of our financial decisions.”

A former physician’s assistant, Ranzau defeated former commissioner Lucy Burtnett in the 2010 primary and Democrat Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau in the 2010 general election for District 4.

“I will continue the fight for our future by encouraging fiscal responsibility and restraint,” Ranzau said in a news release Friday. “I will advocate for policies that promote job creation by focusing on small business and entrepreneurship rather than failed programs that promote corporate welfare. We need economic prosperity for everyone, not just for the politically connected.”

Ranzau, who is married and has three children, served in the Persian Gulf and Iraq wars. He ran for Kansas governor in 2006 on the Reform Party ticket.

Former Kansas Rep. Melody McCray-Miller, a Democrat and former commissioner, announced in 2012 that she planned to run for the seat.

Ranzau has adamantly opposed a sustainable communities grant coordinated by the Regional Economic Area Partnership, linking it to U.N. Agenda 21. He also has voted against federal grants to support local services, saying that if the county thinks a service or program is important, it should pay for itself.

Ranzau said he does not have a campaign chairman, instead preferring a “group approach” toward running a campaign. Jeff Lucke, a Wichita accountant, is his treasurer.

The general election is Nov. 4. If a primary election is needed, it would be Aug. 5.

Reach Deb Gruver at 316-268-6400 or dgruver@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @SGCountyDeb.

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