Upstart mayor ushers in new era of politics

The inauguration of Brandon Whipple as Wichita’s 102nd mayor marks a new era in local politics.

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Opinion

January 22, 2020 - 2:19 PM

Brandon Whippie

The inauguration of Brandon Whipple as Wichita’s 102nd mayor marks a new era in local politics.

A lot of questions are on the table as the 37-year-old Democrat assumes the “non-partisan” position at the helm of City Hall.

But one big question stands out: How the heck did this relatively unknown, brash, outspoken, non-traditional politician displace an incumbent mayor who was backed by all the traditional power centers in local politics?

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