WELLINGTON—A Wellington native who spent more than 20 years in television news and radio broadcasting in Kansas running for Sumner County Commissioner, District 2 seat. Shelley Hansel will run in the Republican primary, Aug. 4 against Jim Newell, who currently holds the seat.
"I believe the citizens of District 2 deserve a choice as to who represents them at the County level. Mr. Newell has served in his position for 16 years and while I appreciate his service all those years, I feel like it’s time for a change and a new perspective," Hansel said in an email. "District 2 includes a lot of great people and communities and I would be honored to represent them."
Hansel was born in Sumner County and lived in Wellington most of her life. She was employed by the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce for 12 years. During that time she created the Sumner County Leadership Initiative which helps residents learn more about Sumner County and how they can be more involved. She served as Wellington mayor from 2015 to 2019, and as mayor, she served as the Chairperson for the Regional Economic Area Partnership (REAP) which is a 10 county government organization formed to unite the south central Kansas region.
Hansel said she would like to see the county more united and all communities represented. She would like to see the commission hold meetings around the county and also at different times of the day to be more accessible to the citizens.
The pandemic "has thrown our economy into a tailspin that we are still trying to recover from," Hansel said.
However, the county still has essential services and programs that it must provide for residents, she added. There may be ways to save money on duplicated services or a way to consolidate buying on supplies, she said.