Cruse defeats Ranzau in race for Sedgwick County Commission District 4

Update 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018

Democratic challenger Lacey Cruse defeats incumbent Richard Ranzau in the race for Sedgwick County Commission District 4. Incumbent Jim Howell maintained his seat in District 5 and Republican Pete Meitzner defeats Democrat Renee Duxler to replace Dave Unruh in District 1.

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Update 8:20 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018

Early results from Sedgwick County commission races show one one challenger and incumbent leading in Districts 4 and 5 and a Republican leading the way in the District 1 race where Commissioner Dave Unruh is not seeking re-election.

Early on, it looks like the best chance for a shakeup on the commission is in District 4 where Democratic challenger Lacey Cruse leads incumbent Republican Richard Ranzau by about 3,000 votes, or 15 percent with 10 of 51 precincts reporting. Cruse leads Ranzau 11,436 to 8,385.

In District 5 with 19 of 53 precincts reporting, incumbent Republican Jim Howell leads Independent challenger Jim Skelton by 13 percent, or about 2,200 votes: 9,512 to 7,306.

In the bid to replace Unruh in District 1, Republican Pete Meitzner leads Democrat Renee Duxler by a little under 3 percent or about 800 votes with 21 of 54 precincts reporting. Meitzner leads Duxler 13,516 to 12,744.

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In January 2019, there could be a lot of shakeup on the Sedgwick County commission. Just how much shakeup depends on voters Tuesday.

With District 1 commissioner Dave Unruh (representing much of northeast Sedgwick County) declining to seek re-election, there will be at least one new commissioner next year.

Running to replace Unruh is Wichita City Council member Pete Meitzner, a Republican and Democrat Renee Duxler.

Seeking re-election on the commission are Republicans Richard Ranzau in District 4 (representing much of north Sedgwick County including Park City and Valley Center) and Jim Howell in District 5 (representing southeast Sedgwick County.

Ranzau faces a challenger in Democrat Lacey Cruse. Howell faces a challenger in Independent Jim Skelton, who previously filled the District 5 commission seat from 2011 to 2015. Prior to serving on the Sedgwick County Commission, Skelton served as a Wichita city council member from 2005 to 2010.