The four Republican Sedgwick County Commission candidates in competitive primaries are scheduled to square off at a campaign forum at the party’s monthly meeting Thursday.
The forum is scheduled to include District 4 incumbent Richard Ranzau and Sen. Carolyn McGinn, who’s seeking to return to the commission after nine years in the state Legislature. The district primarily represents north Wichita and northern Sedgwick County suburban communities including Valley Center and Park City.
The primary winner will face another former commissioner in the general election, Democrat Melody McCray-Miller, who served on the commission 1995-98 and in the state Legislature 2005-13.
Also scheduled to speak at the Republican forum are the candidates for an open seat in the 5th District.
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Derby Mayor Dion Avello and state Rep. Jim Howell are the Republican primary candidates in that part of the county, which includes parts of South Wichita and Derby.
Democrat Richard Young, former mayor of Rose Hill, awaits the winner of that primary.
The GOP forum will begin with social time at 6:30 p.m., followed by the candidate presentations at 7. The event will be held at the headquarters of the Wichita Area Builders Association, 730 N. Main.
Election Day for the primary is Aug. 5. Advance voting at the election commissioner’s office downtown begins on Wednesday and satellite early voting sites around the county open July 31.
For details on advance voting sites and hours, go to http://www.sedgwickcounty.org/elections/2014avf.pdf.