Shortly before being sworn in Tuesday as an interim Wichita City Council member, Roger Smith said he won’t officially seek the position in this spring’s election.
“I won’t campaign for it,” he said. “If I do it at all, it will be as a write-in candidate.”
Smith is filling the position for District 3 in southeast Wichita. He is replacing Jim Skelton, who left the council after being elected a Sedgwick County commissioner in November.
After being sworn in by Jennifer Jones, administrative judge for the municipal court, Smith told the audience he will be “your go-to guy.” (See video)
Mayor Carl Brewer told Smith’s wife, Debby, “He’s going to miss a lot of dinners and you’ll be having a lot of people calling your house you never heard of.”
Last month, the council voted 6-0 to appoint Smith over two other candidates, Michael Loop and Hoyt Hillman. He will serve until someone is elected in April.
Hillman, Clinton Coen and James Clendenin have said they plan to run for the seat.
Smith, a 57-year-old former industrial engineer, has been on the District 3 advisory board. He’s also past president and current treasurer of the East Mount Vernon Neighborhood Association.
Smith can be reached at email@example.com or by calling 316-268-4331.