Former Rep. Melody McCray-Miller wants back in her District 4 seat on the Sedgwick County Commission.
The Democrat formally announced Thursday that she plans to challenge Republican incumbent Richard Ranzau in the November general election. The Eagle first reported in 2012 that she planned to run for the seat. So far, she does not face any challengers in the August primary. Ranzau also so far does not face a primary challenger.
McCray-Miller represented the 89th District in Topeka for eight years. She was the District 4 commissioner from 1995 to 1998.
President and CEO of Millers Inc., her umbrella company for a baked beans business and consulting work, McCray-Miller has said that local politics is where the action is. In a news release Thursday, she said she was “eager to help usher in a return of balanced representation for one of the county’s most diverse commission districts. The 4th District encompasses rural and urban areas and has a population of people of widely varying income levels and racial and ethnic backgrounds.”
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She said the key points of her campaign are:
• Economic development “that celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit.”
• Community health and safety with an emphasis on livability.
• Community engagement “that is more reflective of Sedgwick County’s make-up.”
• Superior service delivery at maximum cost savings.
“I’m optimistic about our community’s economic future, and I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get busy working,” McCray-Miller said in the news release. “It’s time to stop talking about what’s wrong with the county and start doing what’s right for the county and the people of the 4th District.”
Ranzau, a Republican who often votes against spending or accepting federal grants for local programs, said he is running in part because “While we have had some success, the county continues to have a spending problem and there continues to be a lack of critical thinking when it comes to many of our financial decisions.”
Both have filed with the election office for the District 4 seat, which covers the north-central part of Sedgwick County, including Park City and Valley Center.