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Peterjohn's quick rise to the top

It was no surprise that Karl Peterjohn was chosen this morning to chair the Sedgwick County Commission for the year. Kelly Parks was leaving the chairmanship, Gwen Welshimer didn't want it, and Tim Norton and Dave Unruh are on the outs with the other three commissioners. Still, it's a noteworthy achievement for Peterjohn, who has served on the commission only one year and was aggressively opposed in his 2008 campaign by the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce's political action committee. Since being elected, Peterjohn has been the swing vote on several issues, such as whether to fire the county manager.