(WICHITA, Kan.) — There are several new faces on the Wichita City Council. The only incumbent running in the general election was Jeff Longwell in District 5. He beat out Lynda Tyler Tuesday night with 59% of the vote.
One of the newcomers is in District 2. Businessman and contractor Pete Meitzner defeated Charlie Stevens. Meitzner received 57% of the vote. Stevens received 42% of the ballots cast. Meitzner will replace Sue Schlapp who didn't run because of term limits.
Meitzner says he's thankful for this opportunity. Meitzner barely made it to the general election, he won the primary by only eight votes. He says it was a humbling experience and showed him he needed to meet more people in his district. Now that he's won, he says he's excited to get to work and focus on bringing businesses to Wichita.
In District 3, James Clendenin won over Mark S. Gietzen. Clendenin received 57% percent of the vote while Gietzen got 41%. Clendenin will replace Roger Smith who's serving a temporary term because Jim Skelton was elected to the Sedgwick County Commission.