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Voters didn’t stick to names on mayoral ballot

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You’d expect the write-in votes to be interesting in Wichita’s first election with an open mayoral seat in 12 years, and they were. As Jeff Longwell won 22,292 votes April 7 to move up from City Council to mayor, announced write-in candidates Jennifer Winn and Sulma Arias received 1,003 and 305 votes, respectively, among the 1,752 total (plus others approximating their names). City Council member Lavonta Williams had 107 votes and Sean Hatfield had 31; both were defeated in the primary along with Winn. Among other notable noncandidates to garner support, according to the Sedgwick County Election Office’s results: Wichita State University men’s basketball coach Gregg Marshall had eight write-in votes, City Council member Janet Miller had six, and Sedgwick County Commissioner Karl Peterjohn, Louie the clown, Mickey Mouse and “none of the above” earned three each. The dozens of vote-getters also included former Mayor Bob Knight, County Commissioner Dave Unruh, theater owner Bill Warren, former Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams, Merle Haggard, “Barak Obama,” KSN meteorologist Leon Smitherman, Simba, Donald Duck and a vulgarity. – Rhonda Holman

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