Politics & Government

July 28, 2014

Sedgwick County Commission candidates report funds raised

Sen. Carolyn McGinn raised more than twice as much money as incumbent Richard Ranzau this year in the race for the District 4 seat on the Sedgwick County Commission, records showed Monday.

Sen. Carolyn McGinn raised more than twice as much money as incumbent Richard Ranzau this year in the race for the District 4 seat on the Sedgwick County Commission, records showed Monday.

McGinn raised $37,800 from Jan. 1 through July 24, according to the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission. Ranzau raised $15,660.

Ranzau had $6,858 in his campaign coffers at the beginning of the period, and McGinn had $10,335 available to her.

Ranzau closed the period with $7,178, and McGinn ended with $12,104.

The Republicans seek to represent residents in the north-central part of the county, including Park City, Valley Center and Sedgwick.

McGinn is a former commissioner with time left on her legislative term. Ranzau is seeking a second four-year term on the five-member board. The primary winner will face Democrat Melody McCray-Miller in the general election. Records showed that as of 6 p.m. Monday, McCray-Miller had not filed a report. Monday was the deadline for candidates to report their campaign finances.

McGinn received $500 contributions from many of Wichita’s most well-known businesspeople, including Intrust Bank’s Lyndon Wells; developer David Burk and his wife, property manager D.J. Burk; contractor David Wells of Key Construction and his wife, Robyn; Rick McCafferty of Key Construction and his wife, paralegal Jodi McCafferty; developer Jay Russell; contractor Howard Sherwood; lawyer Harvey Sorensen; contractor Kenneth Wells of Key Construction; architect Joe Johnson; banker J.V. Lentell of Intrust Bank; Spirit Aerosystems’ political action committee; Spirit Aerosystems; several companies associated with Warren Theatres and Bill Warren; CPA David Jabara; lawyer Jack Focht; Barry Schwan; Ron Cornejo; All Metal Recycling; developer Phil Ruffin; retired Spirit CEO Jeff Turner and his wife, therapist Rhonda Turner; and the Wichita Area Business political action committee. Several farmers also donated to McGinn, who farms in Sedgwick.

Commissioner Tim Norton, a Democrat, gave $100 to McGinn.

Ranzau received $500 contributions from many in the real estate industry, including Edwards Realty; Cynthia Edwards; Dick Elliott; Sharon Pack; Robert Baker; David Harder; Bill Ard; Cindi Harris; Colby Sandlian; James Harris; Farmington Plaza; Southview Plaza; Flatlands LLC; Builders Inc.; Nestor Weigand Jr.; Cathy Tilma; Sandra Stevens; Charles Stevens; Marjorie Stevens; and Kelly Benton.

Ranzau also received $500 from the Kansas State Rifle Association in Bonner Springs.

In the District 5 Republican primary, Derby Mayor Dion Avello outraised Rep. Jim Howell, despite getting a late start in the race. Avello filed after Jim Skelton announced he would not seek re-election. Avello had no money on hand at the beginning of the reporting period and raised $21,672. Howell had $9,234 at the start of the period and raised $17,835.

Howell, who loaned himself $5,000, ended the period with $11,284, and Avello, who put $1,000 into his campaign, spent all but $3,404.

Avello received $500 donations from Midwest Hearing; Terry Brewster of Midwest Hearing; Damm Pharmacy in Derby; real estate development companies IKM LLC, Two Times LLC, Sixty-Four Hundred LLC and Summit Avenue LLC; Gary Sanders; Universal LC, a service company; Nancy Lusk and W.E. Lusk Jr.; David Niederee and his wife, Cynthia; Lyndon and Marty Wells of Intrust Bank; Don and Linda McGinty of McGinty Machine Precision Parts; Summit Holdings LLC; HH Holidays LLC; Marketplace Properties; Talal Timsah and Carolyn Timsah; 4503 LLC; Joseph Hemmelgarn of Wichita Vending; Tall Tree LLC; Sciortino and Associates; Slawson Commercial Development Co.; Socora Land Co.; Ron Cornejo; and All Metal Recycling.

Former Sedgwick County Sheriff Robert Hinshaw gave Avello $250, and Norton offered up $100.

Howell received $500 contributions from lawyer Rep. Mark Kahrs and his wife, Sherri; Kahrs Law Office; Recheck Inc.; Sharon Pack; Robert Baker; James Harris; James Harris III; Cindy Harris; Dick Elliott; Sandlian Realty; David Harder; Donald Carbon; Bryan Pate; Clark Enterprises; Benjamin Franklin Plumbing; Shinkle Family Services; Jason Clark; Flatlands LLC; Farmington Plaza; Southview Plaza; Builders Inc.; Nestor Weigand Jr.; Michael O’Donnell; Peggy O’Donnell; Summit Holdings LLC; and Margene Leach.

The Kansas State Rifle Association also gave Howell $500.

Howell and Ranzau shared many contributors.

The primary winner will face Democrat Richard Young in the general election. Young has raised $500 in his campaign, receiving a contribution from R.L. Dial Co.

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