In 2021, races at the local level include three Wichita City Council seats and four seats from the Wichita Public Schools Board of Education.
The Wichita City Council is Wichita's top legislative body. It is composed of seven members: six who are elected by district and a mayor elected at-large. The mayor's position is full-time, while other council members are part-time. Council members are elected to a 4-year term for up to two consecutive terms. While candidates might belong to a political party, elections are nonpartisan, meaning the candidate's political affiliation will not appear on the ballot. The Wichita City Council's responsibilities include:
City Council meetings are typically held at 9 a.m. on the first, second, and third Tuesday of each month. The fourth Tuesday is reserved for workshop sessions where council members have the opportunity to review and discuss one or two focused topics. Three seats are up for election in 2021.
The Wichita Public Schools Board of Education consists of seven members: six members who must live within certain geographic boundaries and a seventh who can live anywhere in the school district. Members are elected to 4-year unpaid terms. Primary elections for district seats are limited to those geographic areas, but general elections are held district-wide. The Board of Education is responsible for setting policies, approving financial agreements, and setting the annual budget for USD 259, Wichita Public Schools.
Board of Education regular meetings are held once a month on Monday at 6 p.m. at the North High Lecture Hall. Four seats on the Wichita Public Schools Board of Education are up for election in 2021.
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James Clendenin, who had held the seat, resigned effective December 31, 2020. The City Council is expected to make an appointment to fill the remainder of his term at the March 2 City Council meeting. The five finalists for interim council member are Jared Cerullo, Cindy Miles, Virgil H. Miller Jr., Joseph Shepard, and George Theoharis.
No candidates have filed for this position as of February 23. Cindy Claycomb is the incumbent.
Some portions of Wichita are not located within the Wichita Public Schools boundaries. On the map, those areas are indicated in dark gray.
No candidates have filed for this position as of February 23. Ben Blankley is the incumbent.
No candidates have filed for this position as of February 23. This seat is currently vacant.
Mike Rodee, who had held the seat, resigned effective February 8. The Board of Education will make an appointment to fill the remainder of his term.
No candidates have filed for this position as of February 23. Ron Rosales is the incumbent.