Prairie Politics

Bob Knight endorses Sam Williams in Wichita mayoral race

Former Wichita mayor Bob Knight has endorsed Sam Williams in the city’s 2015 mayoral race.

“Those who know me know that I care deeply about this city and its future,” Knight said Thursday in a news release. “It’s been apparent for a long while that our community has vast talent capable of achieving great things. I believe Sam is the person to lead the public sector’s role in that important process.”

Knight made his announcement during a news conference at the Wichita Area Builders Association in downtown Wichita.

Williams, 63, a retired business executive, is among 10 candidates running for mayor. The primary election to narrow the field to two candidates is March 3. The general election is April 7.

“As a business leader I watched how Bob Knight as mayor crafted a vision for our city and skillfully worked with the council and community leaders to achieve success,” Williams said in a statement. “If elected, that will be my model, and I’m gratified that Bob has agreed to be available to me for counsel and institutional knowledge of Wichita government.”