May 4, 2018 - Statement on O’Donnell Indictment

On a daily basis, I fight to protect the taxpayer and to ensure that citizens can trust their government.  Today’s announcement is disappointing and heartbreaking -- but not surprising. 

Mr. O'Donnell's time in elective office has been over shadowed by investigations and questionable judgement. I have been deeply troubled by Mr. O'Donnell's repeated efforts to use his position to help his friends and campaign contributors. This is why I have opposed and spoken out against his actions on numerous occasions. In light of Mr. O'Donnell's indictment, I call on him to resign immediately so the Commission can begin to rebuild trust with our community.

My constituents should know that I remain committed to maintaining their trust by always standing up for what is right, even if I stand alone.

Commissioner Richard Ranzau
Sedgwick County Commission - District 4

January 31, 2018 - Richard Announces Re-election Campaign

Yard SignDistrict 4 County Commissioner Richard Ranzau is announcing his decision to run for re-election to the Sedgwick County Commission. During his tenure as Sedgwick County Commissioner, Ranzau has earned the reputation as an honest and trustworthy defender of the taxpayer in addition to being an advocate for government that is efficient, effective, and accountable.

Ranzau tirelessly supported these and many other County accomplishments over the last four years:

  • Led the effort to save $20 million on the new Joint Law Enforcement Training Center
  • Trimmed the cost of the Reagan Building project by over half, saving taxpayers over $10 million.
  • Purchased the new Tag Office tag office while avoiding unnecessary debt
  • Created the Community Crisis Center to avoid costly hospital admissions
  • Purchased new audit-friendly election equipment that helps reduce mistakes and creates a paper ballot for every voter
  • Controlled growth of the county budget while maintaining necessary services and infrastructure, without dangerous debt increases.
Richard has also worked to promote economic development through common sense regulation reform:
  • Led effort to change county code to make it easier for people to have home businesses in the county.
  • Led effort to allow agritourism by right
  • Led effort to decrease accessary building permit fees by 33-67% in the unincorporated area.
  • Led effort to eliminate unnecessary EPA regulations outside of urbanized areas.

If re-elected, Ranzau plans to continue fighting for the taxpayer and supporting programs and projects that are cost effective. He understands the important role that small businesses and entrepreneurs play in job creation and will continue to support economic development initiatives that promote prosperity for everyone, while opposing the toxic pay-to-play environment that is created by corporate welfare schemes for the politically connected:

"There is almost constant pressure to give away taxpayer money to special interests and politically connected entities. We must conduct ourselves in a manner that avoids all appearance of impropriety.  While it hasn’t always been easy, I am proud of my record of opposing cronyism and the toxic pay-to-play attitude that exists in local government. My constituents know they can trust me to fight for them on a daily basis."

Richard is retired from the Army Reserves and is a veteran of the Persian Gulf and Iraq Wars.  He has degrees in Secondary Education – Math, Physician Assistant, and Spanish from Wichita State University and worked as a physician assistant prior to being elected to the commission.

Richard can be contacted at 305-9734.

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