Daily Archives: Oct. 13, 2009

Democrat Goyle raises $400k in race for Congress



State Rep. Raj Goyle, D-Wichita, announced Tuesday that he has raised $403,083.68 since July in his race for the 4th District congressional seat.

Goyle is the first candidate to release his fund-raising tally for the July-September reporting period.

Thursday is the deadline for candidates in the race to disclose donations and spending to the Federal Election Commission.

Goyle’s total is so far the largest amount raised in a quarter in the race to replace outgoing Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard.

Tiahrt is leaving the House to run for Senate against Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Hays, and retired media executive Charles Schollenberger, D-Prairie Village.

In the April-June quarter, GOP National Committeeman Mike Pompeo raised $253,000; state Sen. Dick Kelsey, R-Goddard, had lent his campaign $222,500.

Three more GOP candidates have entered the race since then: businessmen Wink Hartman and Jim Anderson and state Sen. Jean Schodorf, R-Wichita. They have yet to file a finance report with the FEC.

Goyle is a prolific fund-raiser who holds the money record for a state House seat.

His only announced opponent for the Democratic nomination is Robert Tillman, a retired court services officer.

Commission chairman replaces CJCC board members



Saying he had the authority as chairman of the Sedgwick County commission to do so, Kelly Parks this morning took himself and Dave Unruh off the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and appointed commissioners Karl Peterjohn and Gwen Welshimer.

The board’s next meeting will be Oct. 22.

Unruh, who has served on the council since its formation, tried to fight for his position but ultimately couldn’t persuade Parks to change his mind.

Welshimer said new thinking is critical to reducing the jail’s population, a key goal for the county.

“We can’t continue doing everything the same way,” Welshimer said.

Unruh was clearly disappointed by Parks’ decision and asked if he could at least stay on the board through the end of the year. Parks’ term as chairman will end then, and Unruh said he would like to serve at least through the end of the year and then let a new chairman decide who would serve on the CJCC next year.

Parks stood his ground and didn’t budge from his decision.