Candidates Advance In Topeka Mayoral, Council Primaries

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The stage is set for the City of Topeka's municipal elections in April.

Tuesday's primary election voting was moved to a single location - the Expocentre's Heritage Hall - due to winter weather. Three races were on the ballot - all voters in the city limits could cast ballots in the mayor's race, while voters in City Council districts 2 and 5 also had primaries on the ballot.

The top votegetter in the Mayor's race was current city councilman Larry Wolgast, with 2283. He'll be joined on the April ballot by Michael Ogle, who garnered 792 votes. Also in the primary was Randal Trackwell, who ended the night with 207 votes.

In City Council Dist. 2, John Campos nabbed the most votes at 298. He will face Martin Munoz in April. Munoz received 101 votes. TJ Brown, who was appointed by current council members to fill the seat on an interim basis, missed out on advancing with 82 votes. The fourth candidate in the race, Terry Desch, received 25 votes.

The Dist. 2 seat was left vacant when John Alcala resigned to take a seat in the Kansas House of Representatives.

In the Dist. 5 primary, Michelle de la Isla led the pack with 185 votes, followed closely by Terry Crowder with 153. They will advance to the April ballot. William Foley rounded out the race with 57 votes.

The general election is April 2.