Tonight Richard Ranzau has won the primary election for Sedgwick County Commission over former incumbent Lucy Burtnett. I spoke with the candidate at a gathering of Republicans at the Wichita Hilton.
Richard, with 46 of 48 precincts reporting, you’re leading with 55 percent of the vote. What do you think was the reason for your victory?
Ranzau said it was a combination of the right message and good people supporting him, and good old fashioned sweat equity.
He said he started walking door-to-door in April, and finished on Monday, visiting 120 houses on the hottest day of the year.
Did you know you were going to win, I asked? Ranzau said that he was getting a good response and people told him he would win, but he said it’s hard to tell what the big picture looks like.
He added he’s taking his family on vacation for a few days, and then wil start the campaign for the general election.
At the moment Kansas Senator Oletha Faust-Goudau is leading former Wichita city council member Sharon Fearey 50 percent to 49 percent.