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Sedgwick County commissioner files for re-election


WICHITA (MCT)-- Sedgwick County Commissioner Richard Ranzau announced Wednesday he would file for re-election to his District 4 seat.

The Republican said he would file by petition to continue to represent the north-central part of the county including Park City and Valley Center.

Ranzau, a former physician's assistant, is known for peppering staff and his colleagues with questions about spending.

The 49-year-old told The Eagle on Monday he was running again because "there's still work to be done. We still need to change the culture of spending here at the county. There's room for improvement."

He highlighted in a news release what he considers some of his accomplishments. He pushed to sell a cell tower on county land at auction instead of to Pixius Communications, a move staff had recommended. The county got $610,000 for the tower at the old Greyhound Park near the former Kansas Coliseum instead of the proposed $280,000.

Ranzau also questioned a plan to remove trees on private land near Crestview, a project that would have cost $47,000. County Manager William Buchanan had signed off on spending $46,685 to clear out trees on private property along Central Avenue from the entrance of housing development St. Andrew's Place east to 143rd Street. Ranzau questioned why the tree removal was the county's responsibility.

He put the kibosh on a plan to build a bridge at the Judge Riddel Boys Ranch at Lake Afton so horses could get to a pasture, finding an alternative that saved $190,000. The boys ranch is slated for closing in late July.

Ranzau also highlighted saving the county $325,000 in the first year of a new plan to base vehicle replacement upon actual repair costs.

Ranzau, who is married with three children, served in the Gulf and Iraq wars. He is a graduate of Wichita State University.

Also seeking to represent the district are Sen. Carolyn McGinn, a Republican, and former state Rep. Melody McCray-Miller, a Democrat.

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