Sedgwick County Republicans to hold special convention to fill O’Donnell’s vacancy
WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - The Sedgwick County Republican Party will hold a special convention on Nov. 30 to select a replacement for Michael O’Donnell. That convention will happen at the Haysville Activity Center.
The District 2 County commissioner agreed to resign from his position last Friday. Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett determined there was enough evidence in the case involving a false attack ad against Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple to force O’Donnell out.
Candidates wishing to fill O’Donnell’s seat must be registered Republicans in the District, according to the party. They have until Nov. 28 to notify the party. They will serve out the remainder of O’Donnell’s term until Democrat Sarah Lopez is sworn-in on January 11, 2021. Lopez beat O’Donnell in the 2020 general election by 264 votes.
“There are 31 precinct people in (District 2) and we’ll work to bring all of them together and let them elect the next commissioner,” committee chairman David Thorne said. “We’ll keep the process transparent and clean because we want to show how much we deserve and earn the public’s trust.”
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