Topeka Governing Body Selects Brown For District 2 Seat

By: Justin Surrency
By: Justin Surrency

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - T.J. Brown is back on the Topeka City Council.

The city's governing body, made up of the council and Mayor Larry Wolgast, selected Brown from a field of four applicants to fill the vacant District 2 seat. After the vote, he was immediately sworn in and participated in the rest of the meeting.

The retired military veteran served as an interim council member from January to April 2013, when John Alcala left for the state legislature. He lost to John Campos and Martin Munoz in the primary election, and Campos went on to win the general election.

However, the seat opened again in May when Campos resigned after entering a diversion agreement on charges he falsified an insurance document following a traffic violation.

That history was not part of Tuesday's discussion. Brown and the three other applications - Munoz, Katrina Bayless and Keri Strahler - were asked questions including how they would describe their district, what they felt were the city's top challenge and their definition of leadership.

A person needed five votes to win appointment. Brown received six on the first ballot. The other three were for Munoz and came from Sylvia Ortiz, Chad Manspeaker and Elaine Schwartz.

Brown's term will expire in April 2015.

Posted by Melissa Brunner

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