District 6 race about to heat up

City elections are five months away, but already it appears District 6 will have two fairly well-known candidates vying to fill Sharon Fearey’s position, which she will leave because of term limits.

Bob Aldrich plans to announce his candidacy next week. Aldrich has played roles as vice president of the Orchard Park Neighborhood Association, precinct committeeman, park board member and Wichita Pachyderm president. He came in third place (by six votes) in the 2005 primary for District 6, then quickly pitched support to Richard Lopez, who ended up losing to Fearey, who got 57 percent of the turnout.

Aldrich will likely face Park Board President Janet Miller, who announced an exploratory committee in early October before a crowd of supporters in Midtown. She said if she senses enough support, she’ll run. Miller, who’s husband is State Rep. Nile Dilmore, D-Wichita, has also been heavily involved in city issues for years, including a prominent role on the Task Force to End Chronic Homelessness.

It’s also likely the race will see other candidates, given that the district is one of the most politically active on the city level in Wichita.