At least three candidates will vie for the interim City Council seat in southeast Wichita's District 3.
The Sedgwick County Elections Office confirmed Wednesday evening that Roger Smith, Paul Michael Loop and Hoyt Hillman have at least 100 valid signatures from District 3 residents in support of their candidacies.
A fourth candidate, Jack L. Silvers, submitted signatures as well. But Election Commissioner Bill Gale said that fewer than 100 checked out as valid voters from District 3.
The District 3 Advisory Board will have to forward all three candidates to the City Council for a vote. (If more than five candidates had emerged, the advisory board would have had to narrow the field.)
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Whoever draws four votes from council members will be appointed to the seat until April 5, when residents will elect a representative for the remaining two years in council member Jim Skelton's term.
Several candidates have already voiced interest in running for the remainder of Skelton's term.
Skelton was elected to the Sedgwick County Commission on Nov. 2 and will be sworn in as a commissioner in January.