Longwell has been a member of the City Council since 2007, representing District 5. Last week, he defeated Wichita businessman Sam Williams in the general election. Tuesday was the final meeting opened by outgoing Mayor Carl Brewer, which was attended by numerous members of the community.
New mayor Jeff Longwell thanked Brewer for leaving a solid foundation for the remaining council members - and one new one - to move forward. A visibly emotional council member Lavonta Williams, who represents northeast Wichita, told the mayor he's come a long way.
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But the work will just be starting for Jeff Longwell, who will be sworn in as Wichita's new mayor during the City Council meeting Tuesday. Longwell, who has served on the council representing west Wichita's District 5 for eight years, was elected on April 7 .
Wichita voters favored the mayoral candidate who best understands City Hall and the challenges of governing, two-term City Council member Jeff Longwell. That bodes well for the city, which will benefit from practiced leadership as it tries to recover from years of job cuts and other economic turmoil.
Newly-elected Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell gets a hug from his granddaughter Marissa Pankratz after he was elected mayor on Tuesday night. Wichita City Council District 5 candidate Bryan Frye smiles while watching advance voting returns putting him ahead of his opponent.
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After a plane crash that killed four people and devastated FlightSafety International's building at the Wichita airport, the city government appears poised to help the company rebuild, while Sedgwick County is saying no to assistance. The conservative majority on the County Commission, Richard Ranzau, Karl Peterjohn and Jim Howell, have blocked a request to match the city in providing financial aid to help the stricken company rebuild and expand in Wichita, according to interviews with officials at both the county and city.
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Each spring the south-central Kansas legislative delegation usually has several public forums, sometimes drawing hundreds of people. This year there hasn't been one since Jan. 6. Why not? Rep. Mario Goico, R-Wichita, the current chairman of the group, told The Eagle editorial board that he has questioned the value of the interaction between legislators and voters in those forums.
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Senate Ways and Means Committee chairman Ty Masterson, R-Andover, proposed a bill to prevent a school district from blocking current students who don't live in that district from continuing to attend the district, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported . "We never contemplated the possibility that a district might - because legally they could - refuse all those out-of-district kids," Masterson said.