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As a life-long farmer and 4H member, Hugh Nicks will tell you there is nothing better than the Sedgwick County Fair. The full Nicks For County Commission crew will be on hand as we kick off the Fair's Some Like It Hot 2018 Parade. Message us on this site or at if you'd like to walk with us. If you're not walking, we hope to see you along the route!

The Sedgwick County Board of Health is hosting a Candidate Forum for Districts 1, 4 and 5 on Tuesday, July 17, from 5:30 - 7 pm at Venue 332 Auditorium (Scottish Rite Center). 332 E. 1st. St.

Moderated by Becky Tuttle of the Greater Wichita YMCA, Hugh and the other candidates will be asked a series of questions about the County's public health policies and priorities for the future. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend and meet Hugh and the rest of the candidates.

Hugh and other candidates will be speaking at the Forum at Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, 2727 E. 25th St. N., on Thursday, July 12. Breakfast starts at 8:45 am, followed by the Forum at 9:15 am. The public is invited, with a $10 donation for breakfast requested.

Nothing starts off a 4th of July better than a community parade! The Park City 4th of July Parade route runs from the QuikTrip on 61st Street to Hydrualic, then north to the City Park. We hope to see you along the parade route as we celebrate the 4th!

Join the festivities at the 33rd Annual Kechi Fair and Parade in Kechi. The Parade starts at 10 am Saturday, June 23. Look for our antique pick-ups as we kick-off the first parade of the campaign season!

Dec 11 2017

In the Media

Hugh Nicks Enters Sedgwick County Race, in the media:


WICHITA, Kan. – Hugh Nicks – retired businessman, educator, civic volunteer, and third-generation farmer in Maize, Kan., -- today launched his campaign as a Republican candidate for the Sedgwick County Commission’s 4th District. He made the announcement before a crowd of supporters at the Sedgwick County Zoo.

In making his announcement, Nicks said:

“My name is Hugh Nicks, and I’d like to be your next Commissioner in Sedgwick County’s 4th District.

I believe that change only happens when ordinary people get involved. That’s why this campaign won’t be about me. It will be about an honest conversation between voters and the person they want to represent them. I will be asking for votes, for sure. But more importantly, I’m asking for folks in the 4th District to be part of the conversation, and to join me in making things happen for our community.

We have to break away from the type of rigid, ideological thinking that currently represents our District. We need to listen more to our community. We need to view every issue before the County Commission with clear eyes and an open mind. And we need to discuss those issues with respect and a civil tongue.

You may wonder why I’m announcing so early, since the Republican Primary for the County Commission seat isn’t until August 2018. The reason is simple. I like to do my homework. I want to learn about the way Sedgwick County governs, and the rationale behind the decisions that have been made. I want to learn about the issues that are most important to the people in the 4th District. I think serving as County Commissioner is too important to take an on-the-job-training approach, and I don’t want to be on a learning curve at the taxpayers’ expense.

So, I’m taking the time between now and the August Primary to talk with individual voters… to meet with business owners, large and small… to research in-depth the issues our County faces. If voters have concerns about how the County works – or doesn’t work – I want to hear from them.

I said at the outset that change only happens when ordinary people get involved. I truly believe that. I don’t have all the answers. But I’m certainly going to ask the tough questions and find out the answers that everyday people in our County want to know.

I grew up on a diversified farm north of Maize, on land my grandfather purchased and began farming in 1920s. I loved growing up on the family farm. It’s where I learned about the concepts of economic freedom and individual responsibility. The conservative values I grew up with continue to guide my thoughts and actions today.

I still live in Maize, in the same house I built 40 years ago. It’s where my wife, Linda, and I raised our two children, and where our three grandchildren now play in the back yard. I’ve had the opportunity to leave for jobs in Denver and Dallas, but I always said no. Sedgwick County has been the only home I’ve ever known, and the only place I’ve ever wanted to live.

I’m running for the Sedgwick County Commission because I believe this county needs to focus its efforts on creating jobs and building a more vibrant economic climate for business. We have a tremendous pool of skilled labor here, thanks in part to innovative programs at WATC and NIAR. And in the future, WSU’s Innovation Campus will further enhance Sedgwick County’s reputation as the place to come for technical training in all fields of aerospace, robotics and other STEM-related fields.

We also have some of the best medical professionals in the Midwest, thanks to the KU School of Medicine in Wichita and others doing amazing research and cutting-edge medical treatment. The point is, we do a tremendous job of educating and training both professionals and skilled laborers in our community. But once they graduate, we need to keep their talent here by providing more opportunities for employment.

There’s a distinct correlation between education, business and economic growth. It’s time we take a fresh look at economic development programs for prospective employers. We need to look at the long-term value that can be created by business relocation incentives or apprenticeship tax credits. And we need to work with communities like Maize, Kechi, Bel Aire, Derby, Goddard… and all members of the Regional Economic Area Partnership… to find ways to work together and increase job opportunities throughout the County.

Job creation has to be priority #1 for the County because, without jobs, we don’t have the tax base to fund the County’s services, including vital services like law enforcement, fire and EMS.

We have a pioneer spirit and a continuous drive to improve our community. I think our County can do a better job of collaborating with private entities, to increase our economic growth, our tax base, and quality of life. I’m not saying every public/private partnership deserves County support. But every opportunity for growth deserves an honest review and open discussion.

I’ve been a businessman most of my career. I know there are limits to what government can and should be, and I understand that taxes are high enough. I know there are numerous ways to fund projects. I think we need to take a harder look at how Sedgwick County spends the budget it has, and look for alternative financing options that make sense. That may mean issuing bonds to fund critical infrastructure. It may mean other alternatives. But it all comes down to due diligence, and I think we need more of that in Sedgwick County.

My entire life has been spent in various forms of coaching, mentoring, and volunteering. Anyone who knows me knows I’m an avid supporter of attractions like Exploration Place and this wonderful, world-class Sedgwick County Zoo. We need quality cultural, educational and health care organizations in our community. They deserve our support because they feed our spirit, spark our imagination and nurture our overall well-being. When it comes to funding for these organizations and the Sedgwick County Health Department, I promise to be their outspoken champion on the Commission.

As I look around this crowd today, I’m blessed to see family, life-long friends, fellow farmers, business associates and volunteer colleagues. You’ve all touched my life – and made it better – in more ways than I can count. I’ve tried to pass that on, by making a difference in the organizations I’ve worked for and supported over the years. I want to continue to make that difference for my fellow citizens in Sedgwick County as your 4th District Commissioner.

It will be my honor to serve as your County Commissioner, and I pledge that my service will always be guided by the values and life lessons I learned as a kid growing up on the farm:

  • Never be afraid of hard work.
  • Listen openly. Debate respectfully. Ask the tough questions.
  • Be conservative with your finances and generous with your time.
  • Decisions have consequences. Make them wisely.

I thank you for your time today. I ask you for your vote in the August 2018 Republican primary. I look forward to serving you as your next Sedgwick County Commissioner.”

Hugh Nicks Annouces his intention to run for County Commission

Republican candidate for Sedgwick County Commission, District #4. But this campaign isn't about me. It's about an honest dialog and genuine partnership between voters and me. I'm asking Sedgwick County residents to join the conversation, and be part of making change happen in our community.

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