Vice Mayor Jeff Longwell formally announced his bid for re-election as District 5 City Council member Monday evening.
He made the announcement before a room full of supporters that included Republican state Sen. Les Donovan, Republican state Rep. Joe McLeland, downtown developer Dave Burk and theater owner Bill Warren. District 5 covers west Wichita.
Earlier, Longwell said he plans to use his campaign to talk about some of the transportation and flood-reduction projects initiated during his first term and some of the ways Wichita and Sedgwick County could consolidate some services in the next few years, such as law enforcement and environmental services.
There are too many redundant processes, he said. Wichita has the majority of the population of Sedgwick County and consolidation could bring more efficient services to everyone.
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"For example, the fact that we have two independently running police records departments is crazy," he said.
Longwell snared 53 percent of the vote in 2007 to beat Paul Tobia.
In the spring 2011 election, he is being challenged by Kansans for Liberty leader Lynda Tyler, who announced she would run during a rally at City Hall in April.
Longwell, 51, is the chairman of the legislative committee with the Regional Economic Area Partnership and is past chair of the Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization.
He is the president of Ad Astra Print Resources.
The deadline to file for City Council is noon Jan. 25.
A March 1 primary election will be held in each district where there are more than two candidates.
The general election is April 5.