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Karl Peterjohn's name not on Intrust Bank Arena sign

A sign outside Intrust Bank Arena thanks those who contributed to the success of the new downtown venue.

It specifically lists former Sedgwick County commissioners Lucy Burtnett, Carolyn McGinn, Ben Sciortino and Tom Winters. The plaque also honors current commissioners Tim Norton, Kelly Parks, Dave Unruh and Gwen Welshimer.

Not on the sign is Karl Peterjohn, who led a campaign against the arena. Now a commissioner himself, Peterjohn said he had promised Winters he could have his name on the sign. Peterjohn won Winters’ spot representing District 3.

“The arena had been a project that he had strongly supported,” Peterjohn said.

Peterjohn says it wasn’t that he didn’t want his name on the sign.

County manager William Buchanan said other signs on county-owned buildings — such as the Ark Valley Lodge, jail and juvenile detention center — honor commissioners involved in the project as well those currently in office.

Though he was against the arena as a taxpayer, Peterjohn has said now that it’s built, the county needs to do everything it can to support and ensure its success.

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