Brandon Johnson Wins City Council District 1 Primary

City Council District 1 candidate Brandon Johnson addresses the media after winning the primary Tuesday night. (Video by Fernando Salazar/The Wichita Eagle/Aug. 1, 2017)

The Eagle Editorial Board Endorsement for City Council Primary

Wichita City Council District 1 candidate Brandon Johnson. Fernando Salazar The Wichita Eagle


The following is The Eagle editorial board’s recommendation for the Aug. 1 primary for the District 1 representative to the Wichita City Council. District 1 is the only race with more than two candidates, making a primary necessary. Voters in the district choose one candidate, and the top two finishers advance to the Nov. 7 general election. We offer this recommendation as information to consider as you make up your own mind about the candidates and issues. Go to for more about each candidate, including video of each talking about issues facing the district and city.

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Wichita Police Send Out Letters to Parents of Teens on Gang List


WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) The Wichita Police Department recently sent out letters to parents of teenagers who are known gang members. 

Lieutenant Jeff Gilmore with the Gang/Felony Assault Section says they sent out 74 certified letters to parents of teens. The letter lets them know their child is on the gang list and steps can be taken to get off the list. 

Community organizer Brandon Johnson worked with Gilmore to create the letter.

"What they're doing with the juveniles is kind of a new step," Johnson said. "You can come in and talk to Lt. Gilmore about why your child's name is on that list, then they'll talk about ways to move your child in the right direction."

Wichita Police said there are 96 teens currently on that list. Some have already turned 18, which means they are now part of the 5,000 plus list of adult gang members. David Gilkey with Rise Up for Youth says that number is growing.

"You are going to have parents that are upset because they didn't even know their child was on the list, so they will have to explain why they are," he said.

 A teen has to meet three out of ten criteria before their name is put on the list. Examples: hanging out in known gang areas, wearing gang colored clothes or committing gang-related crimes. 

Sherri Johnson has lived in Wichita for 30 years, she says this is a problem that doesn't have to exist here. 

"They need centers where the kids can go and you know, hang out, instead of just hanging out in the street," she said. 

Parents can call 316.268.4407 and contact Lt. Gilmore for more information.

Mentoring groups can help keep youth out of trouble


Brandon Johnson

Building relationships with young people and providing a positive role model in their lives through mentoring outreach programs is vital to ensure that the next generation of Wichitans have opportunities for success. Whether it is providing professional mentoring and training through the summer job program that I am proud to be a part of, or reaching out and connecting to the youth through other valuable organizations like the Boys and Girls Club, Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters, or Youth Horizons, young Wichitans deserve to have someone that they can look up to and who can provide commitment and consistency in their lives.

Wichita, and District I has many worthwhile organizations that deserve our support and provide positive benefits for young people. What is needed is continued support from the community, and better organization to connect those in need with the services and organizations that can help make a positive difference in the lives of young people. As a Wichita City Council for District I, I want to continue my work to help make a difference, I want to provide the necessary resources to make the delivery of these services more effective, and I want to help make children and their families to be better informed of where and how to connect with the various groups offering support. We need your help to make this happen and to elect Brandon Johnson to represent District I on the Wichita City Council. 

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Wichita police chief says he needs more officers


I’ve worked closely with Chief Ramsay on several issues, and as candidate for Wichita City Council- District I, I hope to be able to work with Chief Ramsay to provide better staffing for the Wichita Police Department, continue to improve efforts with community policing, and work to bring law enforcement and the residents of Wichita together in a productive relationship to make us all safer.

As a Wichita City Council candidate, improving community safety is my top priority. Chief Ramsay and members of the community have accomplished many positive things, but there is always work that can be done to make our community better. Community policing efforts brings law enforcement and members of our neighborhoods together, working to promote a shared goal of making Wichita safer. Whether helping to organize the WPD community picnic, promoting dialogue between community leaders and law enforcement agents, or supporting WPD in their community policing efforts through my candidacy for city council, I have made it a mission to make sure that our communities receive the protection they deserve, and that productive and positive relationships continue to grow between the WPD and residents of Wichita.

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Brandon Johnson Kicks Off Campaign for Wichita City Council District I


Community activist Brandon Johnson officially launched his campaign Monday to replace Lavonta Williams as the City Council member from Wichita’s District 1.Announcement.png

State Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau and recent congressional candidate James Thompson endorsed and introduced Johnson in a campaign launch that drew about 40 supporters. The campaign is for an open seat because term limits mean Williams can’t run for re-election in November.

Thompson said he met Johnson about three months ago and was immediately impressed.

“As I got to know him more, I came to realize he really does define leadership,” Thompson said. “It’s amazing when you meet somebody like that that you know is going to do well in this community, in this state and probably going up to the national level, I would imagine.”

Johnson said that, for now, he’s focused on local issues, such as making sure District 1 gets its fair share of city services.

“As you look around, you take a trip across the city, you see great parts of town that are developed and roads get fixed every two years,” he said. “Businesses are flocking to those areas. And then you see others that are not like that.

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