In 2020, races at the local level include two of five Sedgwick County Commission seats, County Clerk, Register of Deeds, County Sheriff, County Treasurer, District Attorney, and 20 of 28 district court judges.
Sedgwick County is divided into five districts. Voters from each district elect one person to serve on the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). Commissioners are elected to a 4-year term. The BOCC has a number of legislative and administrative powers, including:
BOCC meetings are typically held at 9 a.m. on Wednesdays, except for the last Wednesday of the month. Two seats are up for election in 2020.
The County Clerk is the official secretary for the Board of County Commissioners, recording county commission meeting minutes and producing written minutes for all commission meetings. The County Clerk's office is responsible for maintining land records, issuing certain licenses and permits, and has duties related to property tax levies and tax roll preparation. The Sedgwick County Clerk is elected to a 4-year term. The position is listed on every Sedgwick County ballot.
The office of the Register of Deeds is responsible for recording all real estate transactions within the county. The office maintains an online repository of land records dating back to January 1, 1969. The Sedgwick County Register of Deeds is elected to a 4-year term. The position is listed on every Sedgwick County ballot.
The Sheriff's Office carries out law enforcement functions that local police departments do not, including district court security, civil process service, and operation of the Adult Detention Facility and Annex. The Sedgwick County Sheriff is elected to a 4-year term. The position is listed on every Sedgwick County ballot.
The County Treasurer's office is responsible for collecting real estate, personal property, and motor vehicle taxes; commercial vehicle fees; special assessments; and other miscellaneous taxes for Sedgwick County cities, townships school districts, and other taxing jurisdictions. The County Treasurer is elected to a 4-year term. The position is listed on every Sedgwick County ballot.
The Office of the District Attorney prosecutes violations of criminal, juvenile, and traffic laws; enforces the Kansas Consumer Protection Act; initiates proceedings to protect abused and neglected children; and secures care and treatment in mental commitment cases. The District Attorney is elected to a 4-year term. The position is listed on every Sedgwick County ballot.
Kansas has 31 judicial districts with varying numbers of judges. District courts are trial courts, with general original jurisdiction over all criminal and civil cases, including divorce and domestic relations, damage suits, probate and estate administration, guardianships, conservatorships, care of the mentally ill, juvenile matters, and small claims. Judges are elected to a 4-year term with no term limit. District 18, which has jurisdiction over Sedgwick County, has 28 district judges. Twenty of the 28 positions are up for election in 2020. All positions are listed on every Sedgwick County ballot.
District 2 includes southern and southwestern portions of Wichita, as well as Haysville, Clearwater, and unincorporated parts of southern Sedgwick County.
District 3 includes western portions of Wichita as well as Andale, Bentley, Cheney, Colwich, Garden Plain, Goddard, Mount Hope, Viola, and unincorporated parts of western Sedgwick County.
Incumbent County Treasurer Linda Kizzire is not running for re-election.