With several last-minute filings, there will be 10 candidates for the Wichita mayor’s race.
Mayor Carl Brewer cannot run again for the seat after two four-year terms.
Mayoral candidates include two City Council members, an attorney, a banker, a sheet metal worker and several business owners.
The next mayor will face a variety of issues, including finding a new water supply, repairing aging water and sewer infrastructure, determining the fate of the city’s bus system and maintaining streets.
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Primaries will be held for the mayor’s race and the District 2 and District 5 council races, because those have three or more candidates.
The primary will narrow the field of candidates to two in each race for the April 7 general election.
In order to vote in the March 3 primary, residents must register to vote by Feb. 10.
Mayoral candidates are:
▪ Robert Culver, 43, sheet metal worker at Tennison Bros.
▪ Sean Hatfield, 32, attorney for Maughan Law Group
▪ Dan Heflin, 51, product engineer and owner of Nu-Ans Design and NoMar Self Storage
▪ Frances Jackson, 75. Jackson could not be reached Tuesday.
▪ Jeff Longwell, 55, owner of Ad Astra Printing and District 5 City Council member for the past eight years
▪ Tony Rosales, 38, co-owner and operator of Twin Peaks restaurant in east Wichita
▪ Tracy Stewart, 38, a banker at Bankers’ Bank of Kansas
▪ Lavonta Williams, 65, retired educator and District 1 City Council member for the past six years
▪ Sam Williams, 63, retired executive from Sullivan, Higdon & Sink, the state’s largest marketing firm
▪ Jennifer Winn, 44, owner of Landscapes Inc. Winn ran against Gov. Sam Brownback in the Republican primary last fall.
Candidates for the seat representing much of east Wichita are:
▪ Pete Meitzner, 59, managing partner at Meitzner & Associates, a consulting firm, and senior consultant at Capgemini Government Solutions. Meitzner is finishing his first four-year term on the City Council for District 2.
▪ Anthony Mitchell, 37, computer technician at NetApp
▪ Jim Price, 43, self-employed construction defense contractor
Candidates for the seat representing southwest Wichita are:
▪ Jeff Blubaugh, 42, a real estate broker at Keller Williams Realty who has served two years as District 4 City Council member since Michael O’Donnell left the seat for the Kansas Legislature
▪ Josh Shorter, 26, chief operating officer of Integrated Components and District 4 Advisory Board member
There will be no primary election for District 4.
Candidates for the seat representing northwest Wichita are:
▪ Williams Beliles, 21, a Butler Community College student
▪ Gary Bond, 57, marketing and sales for Top Master, a countertop company
▪ James F. Breitenbach, 79, farmer and retired civil servant
▪ Bryan Frye, 48, marketing director for KAKE-TV and president of the Wichita Park Board, a seven-member advisory board