In 2022, races at the local level include three Sedgwick County Commission seats and eight District Court judges. In addition, the Democratic and Republican Party precinct committee positions are up for election in the August primary.
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. The next election involving the Wichita City Council is in 2023.
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. The next election involving the Wichita Public Schools Board of Education is in 2023.
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. Three seats are up for election in 2022.
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 maintaining 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 and is next up for election in 2024.
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 and is next up for election in 2024.
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 and is next up for election in 2024.
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 and is next up for election in 2024.
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 and is next up for election in 2024.
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. All positions are listed on every Sedgwick County ballot. Eight of the 28 judges are up for election in 2022.
Every two years, voters who have registered as either a Democrat or Republican vote to elect one man and one woman who live within their voting precinct and are members of their party to the position of precinct committeeman and woman. The work of these positions can vary, but generally includes:
When a seat in the state legislature becomes vacant, the precinct committee members from that legislator's district and party vote on a replacement to serve the remainder of their term. Sedgwick County has 429 voting precincts with a total of 1,716 precinct committee positions. Every precinct committee position is up for election in the August Primary Election.
Sedgwick County Commission district boundaries changed on December 15, 2021. To check which district you are in, use the County's Find Your County Commissioner tool.
District 1 includes central and eastern portions of Wichita, as well as Bel Aire, Eastborough, portions of Kechi, and unincorporated parts of northeastern Sedgwick County.
District 4 includes central and northern portions of Wichita, as well as Park City, Valley Center, Maize, portions of Kechi, the part of the city of Sedgwick that is in Sedgwick County, and unincorporated parts of northern Sedgwick County.
Lacey Cruse, the incumbent, has not filed as of May 18, 2022.
District 5 includes southeastern portions of Wichita, as well as Derby, the part of Mulvane that is in Sedgwick County, and unincorporated parts of southeastern Sedgwick County.