By Cindy Klose
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
11:09 PM CST, February 21, 2012
A potential change on the Sedgwick County Commission would also change the Wichita City Council. Councilman Jeff Longwell announced Tuesday night he is running for the county commission. He wants the District 3 seat now held by Karl Peterjohn.
Longwell says he had been considering a run for mayor, but business people approached him and asked him to run for the county commission instead. Longwell says he will fight to build a stronger economic base, for jobs, and to attract state and federal dollars to the area.
"I don't think saying no is going to get it done. I want to get in there and build a coalition and do some of the things I think this community needs," Longwell told Eyewitness News.
Longwell says he wants to consider ways Wichita and Sedgwick County can work together to save money. He also wants the transit system to serve the bedroom communities around Wichita.
Eyewitness News talked with incumbent Karl Peterjohn about the competition.
Peterjohn says he looks forward to a lively discussion of the issues.
"As a staunch Reagan conservative, I think I have an excellent and outstanding record that's very much in tune with voters in the 3rd county commission district."
Peterjohn says he'll continue to fight for tax relief and to protect people from eminent domain abuse.
Longwell has been on the Wichita City Council since 2007. Peterjohn was elected to the Sedgwick County Commission in 2008. District 3 covers western Sedgwick County, including Cheney and Goddard.
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