The Sedgwick County Elections Office finished verifying petitions from four candidates vying to become the interim city council member in southeast Wichita’s third district.
The elections office confirmed this evening that Roger Smith, Paul Michael Loop and Hoyt Hillman have at least 100 signatures from District 3 residents in support of their candidacy. A fourth candidate, Jack L. Silvers, submitted signatures. But Election Commissioner Bill Gale said that fewer than 100 checked out as registered District 3 voters.
With just three candidates, the District 3 Advisory Board will have to forward all candidates to the city council for a vote. (If more than five candidates had emerged, the advisory board would have had to narrow the field.) Whoever lands four votes from city council members will be appointed to the District 3 seat until April 5, when residents elect a representative for the remaining two years in Council member Jim Skelton’s term. (Several candidates have already voiced interest in running for the remainder of Skelton’s term.)
Skelton is leaving because he was elected to the Sedgwick County Commission on Nov. 2 and will be sworn in as a commissioner in January.