Politics & Government

Kansas Supreme Court sends Ranzau recall case to district court

Sedgwick County Commissioner Richard Ranzau’s proposals to block illegal immigrants from a nutritional program for low-income families sparked a recall effort last fall.
Sedgwick County Commissioner Richard Ranzau’s proposals to block illegal immigrants from a nutritional program for low-income families sparked a recall effort last fall. File photo

The legal fight over a recall petition against Sedgwick County Commissioner Richard Ranzau is heading back to the county.

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled last week to send the case to Sedgwick County District Court.

“We find adequate relief is available in the district court,” an order issued March 30 says. “Therefore, this matter is hereby transferred to Sedgwick County District Court for further proceedings.”

Petitioners wanted the state’s high court to overturn an opinion by Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett that effectively halted the recall process.

“The recall is certainly not dead,” said Sandrine Lisk, a recall advocate. “The decision wasn’t on the merits of the petition at all.”

They contend Ranzau neglected legal responsibilities related to protecting public health. Ranzau’s proposals to block illegal immigrants from a nutritional program for low-income families sparked the recall effort last fall.

Bennett halted two separate recall petitions. His office argued in its response that the petitioners did not have legal grounds for a recall.

A note on Facebook from the recall group said it wants to broaden “our focus beyond the recall of commissioner Ranzau during this legislative session and election year.”

Electors and petitioners who filed a recall petition Tuesday discuss why they want county Chairman Richard Ranzau (Daniel Salazar/The Wichita Eagle)

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