Source: https://www.ksn.com/ By: Stephanie Nutt
Incumbent Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple will face political outsider Lily Wu in the November general election.
Here are the latest unofficial results.
Wu received over 11,000 votes, while Whipple received over 9,000 votes.
Wu calls herself a political outsider and says there is a trust issue between Wichita citizens and City Hall. Whipple says his focus is on progress for the city and getting voters who chose other candidates to back his reelection.
“Ours is just to work with anyone who wants to make Wichita better. I know we have a lot of candidates, a lot of folks out there who voted for different candidates who might not have moved forward, but we are an open door. We want to work with people, frankly, if we do this well, the best ideas move forward,” Whipple said.
“I’m just really excited about bringing more people to the table, and I really want to bring those who did not vote for me this time around. I’m hoping that I can earn their vote. As you know, and you saw the numbers, three-quarters of the elected want a new mayor and want change,” Wu said.
To see all primary election results, click here.
I recently opened an envelope from an 85-year-old retiree including $10 and a sweet message. He’s on social security, but he wanted to invest in our campaign to end divisive politics and build a better Wichita. Moving expressions of support from so many of you continue to serve as a reminder our run for mayor was the right thing to do.
It’s not typical for mayoral campaigns to proactively publicize finance reports, but I’m proud to show the support our campaign has received in just over 100 days. In the interest of transparency, and to illustrate the breadth of support, my full campaign finance report is available right here.
On the 30th anniversary of my immigration to the United States, we announced our candidacy with a prediction we were on the cusp of something Wichita has never seen:
“People are going to start noticing there’s something very unique about our campaign. You can see it in this room. My support comes from a very diverse group of people, from all walks of life, and every corner of our city. We all have one thing in common. We all love Wichita.”
I’m proud to see that come true. You’ve helped me achieve record-breaking fundraising of more than $200,000 from over 700 contributions, ranging from $5 to the $500 limit. These donations are from job creators, doctors, teachers, factory workers, and retirees from every Wichita zip code and every political affiliation.
Your support fueled our ability to share my story and vision across Wichita—from senior centers to executive offices, to schools and neighborhood associations. Our campaign has knocked on 10,000 doors, attended over 300 engagements, and 1,000 homes proudly display a yard sign. We’ve earned endorsements from pro-safety (Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter), pro-business (Wichita Chamber), and pro-freedom (Americans for Prosperity) individuals and organizations, among others.
Wichita is ready for a political outsider who will bring a new energy and fresh perspective to the mayor’s office. Wichitans want a mayor who will show what real leadership looks like and lead by example. As mayor, my priorities will be ensuring public safety, growing our economy, restoring trust in city hall, and building a united community.
Wichita, THANK YOU!
We are truly grateful for your trust in our campaign and our shared belief in a better tomorrow for our city. Please know, the hard work we’ve put into this campaign will continue in the mayor’s office. Together, we’ve built a movement without boundaries among neighbors who are ALL FOR WICHITA!
With a grateful heart –
Source: Wichita Eagle | https://www.kansas.com/
Position: Former television news reporter
Past: KWCH, KAKE
Education: University of Hong Kong, Wichita State
Email: [email protected]
What is your top priority and what specifically would you do to address it?
Wichitans are dissatisfied with the status quo and the lack of priority on the health and safety of our community. With nearly 100 vacant police officer positions, we must ensure law enforcement, first responders, and city services are fully staffed so they can connect with the community and serve more effectively. As mayor, I’ll bolster public safety recruitment and retention efforts and ensure they have the respect and resources necessary to keep Wichita families safe.
What other issue do you feel strongly about?
Strengthening our economy starts with ensuring we’re supporting our existing small and large businesses, creating a future-ready workforce, and emphasizing high-paying jobs. As mayor, I’ll act as an ambassador for our city cultivating relationships and promoting regional competitiveness that will attract new industry, investment, and people. We’ll get back to the basics of local government, prioritize responsibly, and put Wichita in the best possible position to succeed.
Why should voters consider you the most qualified candidate? What is your overall vision?
I’m the political outsider who will bring a new energy and fresh perspective. It’s time to get back to the basics and put results over politics so we can meet the challenges of tomorrow and improve the lives of every Wichitan. As mayor, I’ll maintain focus on ensuring public safety, strengthening our economy, restoring trust in city hall, and building a united community. I’ll work with anyone who wants to improve our city, bring our community together, find common ground, and make Wichita proud.
Is there a particular city service that you think needs more resources? If so, how would you pay for that?
To make Wichita one of the best cities to start and grow a business, our city must be safe (including filling police vacancies and tackling homelessness). I’ll restore the relationship between the mayor’s office and Wichita Police Department and ensure they have the respect and resources necessary to keep us safe. I’m opposed to tax increases on working families, so we must analyze current spending, prioritize, and identify opportunities for efficiency, partnership, and/or reallocation.
What do you love about Wichita, and why?
My heritage is Chinese, I was born in Guatemala, but I was made in Wichita. I’m grateful for mentors who have invested in helping me realize the American Dream. From an 8-year-old immigrant who only spoke Spanish and Chinese to a 12-year career telling your stories as a local reporter, you’ve helped me grow into a leader, life-long learner, and listener for our community. I love Wichita for what it is, but also what it can be. As a proud Wichitan, I hope to earn your vote on August 1st.