District 4 residents need representation now

Because their next meeting isn’t until Feb. 5, Wichita City Council members need to make it a priority Tuesday to fill the open District 4 seat, which Michael O’Donnell exited last month to join the Kansas Senate. Last week council members had two chances to hear from the three capable men still seeking the temporary appointment – real-estate agent Jeff Blubaugh and former council members Stan Reeser and Paul Gray – but deferred the vote. Citizens in the southwest Wichita district deserve council representation without further delay, and it would be unacceptable if the council’s indecision left the seat empty until after the April election.