Mayoral candidate Clinton Coen exits race to run for District 3 council seat



Clinton Coen, one of the first candidates to announce a bid to unseat Mayor Carl Brewer, said Wednesday evening that he is exiting the race to run for the District 3 council seat being vacated by Jim Skelton.

Coen has criticized special taxing districts and tax incentives for business.  “The government should either cut all property taxes, or they should not exempt any business from paying taxes,” he wrote in a blog in September. “It is that simple.”

That leaves Brewer, the incumbent with a long list of prominent supporters, and Darrell Leffew, a member of the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission and a sharp critic of special tax incentives, as the only publicly declared mayoral candidates. But it adds to a growing field of people interested in filling the remaining two years of Skelton’s term in District 3, which includes most of southeast Wichita.

Skelton, who plans to step down in late December before taking on his new role as Sedgwick County commissioner in January, said there are at least five people who have expressed interest in his seat.