Update Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019
Results from last week's 2019 primary election in Sedgwick County are official.
Thursday morning, election officials and the county canvass board met to consider provisional ballots in the primary. The canvass counted seven additional mail-in ballots and 464 provisional ballots.
Nothing changed for two local races on the ballot for November. Current Wichita mayor Jeff Longwell faces challenger Brandon Whipple in the mayoral race.
In the Wichita school board at-large race, incumbent Sheril Logan faces challenger Joseph Shepard.
Aug. 6, 2019
Will Wichita's mayor retain his post for another four years? It's a possibility as Mayor Jeff Longwell emerges as the top vote-getter in Tuesday's primary election. With the second most votes, state representative Brandon Whipple will challenge Longwell in November's general electio
Tuesday's primary narrowed the crowded Wichita mayoral candidate field from nine to two. Local business owner Lyndy Wells kept it close at the top, earning enough votes to essentially make the primary a three-man race for two spots.
Longwell secured the most votes with 7,136, or 32 percent. Whipple picked up 5,729 votes, or 26 percent. Wells secured 5,569 votes, or 25 percent.
Rounding out the field were Amy Lyon, Mark Gietzen, Brock Booker, Ian Demory Joshua Atkinson and Marty Mork.
Another closely watched race in the Wichita area is for a spot on the Wichita Public Schools Board of Education.
Former Wichita State University student body president Joseph Sheperd and current at-large president of the Wichita Public Schools Board of Education, Sheril Logan, emerge from a group of four candidates to contend for a seat on the board. As the incumbent, Logan is looking to retain that at-large seat. Shepard, the challenger, narrowly secured the most votes in Tuesday's primary election with 5,173 votes or 33 percent.
Logan was close behind with 4,733 votes, or 30 percent. Also contending for the seat were Trish Hileman and Brent Davis. Every candidate secured at least 2,000 total votes. Hileman received the third most votes with 3,913, or 25 percent. Davis received 2,012 votes, accounting for about 13 percent.
Sedgwick County reported a voter turnout of 9.8 percent for Tuesday's primary with 22,640 of the county's 231,011 registered voters going to the pools.
Voters return to the polls Tuesday, November 5 for the general election.
It's Primary Election Day for Kansas.
Polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can find your polling place at myvoteinfo.voteks.org.
Remember, you must bring a photo ID in order to vote.
Early voting finished Monday at noon. Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says she has never seen a line for early voting like she did Monday.
Lehman says typically, about 10% of registered voters show out for the local primary elections. After today, county officials will determine if the turnout was larger than average.
There are several races on the ballot featuring enough candidates for primaries to narrow the field for the Nov. 5 general election.
In Wichita, this includes the race for mayor and the race to fill an at-large seat on the Wichita Public Schools (USD 259) School Board.
There are nine candidates in the running to be Wichita's next mayor. The list includes incumbent Jeff Longwell. The top two candidates who receive the most votes will advance to the Nov. 5 general election.
In the school board race, the top two from the field of four will advance to November.