Lynda Tyler, founder of the tea party group Kansans for Liberty, formally announced her bid for the District 5 seat on the Wichita City Council on Friday evening.
She made the announcement before about three dozen supporters at the Hawthorn Suites, 2405 N. Ridge Road.
Among those attending were Sedgwick County Commissioner Richard Ranzau and Mark Gietzen, who is running for the District 3 City Council seat.
Tyler, 46, a licensed financial adviser, has focused her campaign thus far on limiting government to core services, such as public safety, infrastructure and parks.
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She told her supporters she was a "little bulldog" who would use her financial expertise to closely monitor city expenses. She said she's heard from those who fear her tea party ties would lead her to oppose all government spending.
"They think that I'm going to go in there and slash and burn and cut everything," she said. "No.... I'm going to be a watchdog over the budget, and I'm going to inform you guys what's going on."
Tyler said creating jobs and eliminating flooding on the city's west side would be among her top priorities. She said she was opposed to franchising trash service for the city and wants to look into the possibility of donating an unused government building to a group that could use it for homeless programs.
This is her first run for City Council.
Tyler faces incumbent Vice Mayor Jeff Longwell in the April 5 election. Since there are only two candidates, there will not be a primary election for the District 5 seat.