Incumbents maintain seats on Wichita City Council, USD 259 school board

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH 12) Wichita voters showed approval for what's in place on the Wichita City Council and USD 259 school board, voting Tuesday night to retain incumbents in three council districts and three school-board spots.

On the Wichita City Council, incumbents Becky Tuttle in District 2, Jeff Blubaugh in District 4 and Bryan Frye in District 5 retained comfortably retained their seats.

In District 2, unofficial results show Tuttle picking up 5,905 votes, or about 61 percent. Joseph Brian Scapa was her closest challenger with 2,895 votes, or a little less than 30 percent.

In District 4, Blubaugh received 3,505 votes, or about 58 percent. Beckie Jenek was his closest challenger, earning 2,091 votes, or about 34.6 percent.

Frye picked up about 68 percent of the vote in District 5 with final results showing 6,433 votes for him. His lone challenger, Mike Magness, earned 2,969 votes, or about 31.3 percent.

Highlighting the school-district leadership race, Sheril Logan will continue her service on the board of education for Wichita Public Schools. Logan, the board president, won Tuesday night's general election for the at-large spot on the school board over challenger Joseph Shepard, 53 percent to 47 percent, 17,127 votes to 15,059.

Logan is a retired assistant dean of the Wichita State University College of Education and retired Assistant Superintendent for Wichita Public Schools.

She's served on the school board for eight years, including three years as USD 259 BOE president. You can learn more about Logan's background, including her experience on the Wichita school board on her website.

Logan says she was encouraged by voters' interest in the school-board race and complimented Shepard as the type of future leader she wants to eventually see step forward. For now, she sees more to accomplish as a member of the school board.

"We want people like (Shepard) running for office. They need to take over for the older generation to be able to move us on into the 21st century," she says.

Shepard, a 2016 graduate of Wichita State University, went on in May 2018 to earn his master's degree in Public Administration from WSU's Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs. He currently works for Newman University as the school's first director of Multicultural Engagement and Campus Life.

For Logan and those who voted for her, the time to pass the torch hasn't yet come.

Elsewhere on the Wichita school board, incumbent Stan Reeser narrowly retained his seat in District 4, defeating James Kilpatrick by less than 2 percent: 14,940 to 14,631.

In District 3, ‎Ernestine Krehbiel retained her seat unopposed.