The retirement in January 2013 of Nola Foulston, Sedgwick County’s no-nonsense six-term district attorney, will end quite an era for her and the county’s justice system. The Democrat made history in 1988 when she became the county’s first female district attorney by unseating two-time GOP incumbent Clark Owens. And Foulston has made lots of news since, playing high-profile roles in the successful prosecutions of murderers Dennis Rader, Scott Roeder and the Carr brothers; appearing before the U.S. Supreme Court; and bringing a bat to a County Commission meeting to plead her case for funding. Even her vocal critics — on her handling of child welfare, abortion and police-involved shootings, for example — should admire Foulston’s professionalism and staying power. Now, the race to replace her is on.
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