Norton’s experience will be needed

Sedgwick County voters in District 2 wisely gave a fourth term Tuesday to Tim Norton, the sole Democrat on the County Commission and its current chairman. That keeps the current commission voting majority in place, and should mean the county will stay with its balanced course of using targeted economic development incentives and participating in a regional sustainable development planning process. Norton’s experience and commitment to mental health and other budget areas will be especially valuable as the income-tax cuts prompt the state to dump more funding obligations onto counties and cities. Count on libertarian-minded Republican Commissioners Karl Peterjohn (also newly re-elected) and Richard Ranzau to keep playing their roles as the very vocal minority on the commission.