Daily Archives: Nov. 11, 2010

Kizzire picked as new Sedgwick County treasurer

Sedgwick County Treasurer Linda Kizzire

Sedgwick County Treasurer Linda Kizzire

Sedgwick County Republican precinct committee members selected Linda Kizzire Thursday night to serve the next two years as county treasurer.

Kizzire will fill the unexpired term of Ron Estes, who was elected state treasurer in the Nov. 2 election.

Kizzire is a longtime fixture at the county courthouse, having served as Estes’ chief assistant for five years, and before that as assistant to county Register of Deeds Bill Meek for seven.

She began working for the county in 1990 and also held positions in the public works and county clerk’s offices.

Kizzire, her voice breaking with emotion, thanked the 194 GOP committee members who picked her to succeed her boss.

“I am so moved that you have placed your confidence in me,” she said. “Together we are the glue that holds the Republican Party together.”

Jason Dilts drops out of city council race

Dilts

Jason Dilts

Jason Dilts, one of the first candidates to announce a run for city council in the April 2011 election, has decided to drop out of the race, according to a message sent to his supporters this morning.

Dilts was running for District 4, which includes Delano and most of southwest Wichita. Council member Paul Gray will vacate the seat next spring because of term limits.

Dilts said he was in a different place professionally and personally when he decided to run last spring.

“Today, my job at the MS Society has me out of town often and keeps my schedule full when I’m in Wichita,” he wrote. “I love the work that I do for the society, and simply don’t think I can do it effectively while being a candidate in the midst of what is likely to be a hectic campaign.”

He said he plans to exit politics entirely.

Dilts appointed former KSN news anchor Anita Cochran as his treasurer in early March and has hosted fundraiser events and promoted his campaign via online social networks. He said he would return any campaign donations to the donors on a pro-rated basis. He plans to donate whatever remains to the Tallgrass Film Festival.