Mayor Carl Brewer won re-election as Wichita’s Mayor. The race was never close. Brewer had all the money and businesses behind him. He got 69 percent of the votes according to The Wichita Eagle;Council winners included Michael O'Donnell, the only candidates that opposed spending the city’s money on business partnerships. The others were, Pete Meitzner, James Clendenin, and Jeff Longwell, all Brewer clones.
With this crew, Brewer and his bunch can continue what they refer to as “down town development.” That does not mean the emphasis is to restore the businesses down town that are now boarded up and closed, but to allow developers to clutter up the Arkansas River banks with new stores, mostly national chains.
This is a town that has nearly half a million people and a buss system that doesn’t even go to half the city. The buss closes at 6pm, before many workers haven’t even got of their jobs yet. Taxis are hugely expensive and for all practical purposes, mass transportation does not exist.
The turnout was low. Usually such elections draw under 30 percent of the voters and little attention is given to them by our local press and TV news. All those who won outspent their rivals, so once again it is moneyed interests that run Wichita.
Wichita is a pro-business city where the needs of wealthy business people get what they want and infrastructure is ignored to the working class neighbourhoods. The poor and working class are completely ignored. In other words, it’s business as usual.