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Group files to recall Sedgwick County commissioner

By Abigail Beckman, Deborah Shaar | November 20, 2015

A group in Wichita filed a petition this week with the Sedgwick County Election Office to remove Commissioner Richard Ranzau from office.

Fourteen people make up the committee that’s pushing for a recall election of Commissioner Ranzau. One of the members is Melody Miller, Ranzau’s opponent in the 4th District election last year.

The group said that it is concerned that the commissioner’s ideology is affecting public health in the county.

“Our phones have been ringing off the hook with citizens of this county wanting to help with the effort, wanting to sign the petition and pledging support for the petition,” said Sandrine Lisk, an immigration attorney and president of the campaign committee.

Lisk said the county commissioners’ votes this year to reject federal funding for health programs are unacceptable. The petition will be sent to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s office to determine if the request meets the legal standards for a recall election.

— Abigail Wilson and Deborah Shaar are with KMUW in Wichita.