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 the six district seats are limited to those geographic areas, but all voters who live within the school district boundaries are eligible to vote for every seat during the General Election. 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.
Some local news media outlets have sent questionnaires to candidates. In addition, each candidate's name is linked to their website (if available) or social media page.
Find out which City Council district you live in using the City of Wichita's Council District Checker.
Some portions of Wichita are not located within the Wichita Public Schools boundaries. On the map, those areas are indicated in dark gray.
One other candidate will appear on the ballot for District 2. That is Justin Bjork, who withdrew from the race and endorsed Julie Hedrick in a September 28 Facebook post.