Daily Archives: Jan. 20, 2011

Stevens announces candidacy; takes stance against ‘corporate welfare’

District 2 map

Charlie Stevens stood at a podium in the front of an east Wichita big box building Thursday and said he wants to create a environment in Wichita where more businesses like the building’s new tenants, DTYdirect, can flourish.

Stevens, a 41-year-old real estate manager and investor, said his company bought and renovated the building that it is now leasing to DTYdirect, an online marketplace. There was no government subsidy involved — just free market business, he said. He wants city hall to focus on core services.

“Police, fire, water and sewer, streets,  parks and arts,” he said. “Those are the types of things city hall should be focused on and let our industrious citizens decide for themselves what to do with the rest of their money.”

Stevens’ comments came as he announced his bid for the District 2 Wichita City Council seat, which represents east and northeast portions of the city. Its current representative, Sue Schlapp, can’t run again because of term limits. Stevens will face Om Chauhan, Steve Harris and Paul Savage in the March 1 primary. The top two candidates will face off in the April 5 general election. The deadline to file for local city council and school board positions is noon on Jan. 25. Read More »