Complete live blog: Here's our chat with Topeka mayoral candidates ahead of next week's election

The five Topeka mayoral candidates pose for a photo Wednesday during a mayoral forum at Jayhawk Theatre. The candidates are, from left to right, Spencer Duncan, Clark Trammell, Michelle De La Isla, Chris Schultz, and Mark Weiser. (July 2017 file photo/The Capital-Journal)

CJOnline on Friday is providing the public a chance to ask questions of the five candidates running for mayor of Topeka in next Tuesday’s primary election.


The five have each indicated they plan to take part in a live blog on that website from 11:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. Friday.

Capital-Journal managing editor Sherman Smith will moderate the discussion. Questions may be submitted by going to the blog at once it begins; emailing Smith in advance at; or tweeting at Smith at @TCJShermanSmith. Each candidate taking part will receive an opportunity to answer each question.

The mayor’s office is currently held by Larry Wolgast, who has chosen not to seek re-election. The field of five candidates for mayor will be pared to two in next Tuesday’s citywide primary election. Topeka’s next mayor will be chosen in the Nov. 7 general election.

Those candidates are Topeka City Councilwoman Michelle De La Isla, Spencer Duncan, Chris Schultz, Clark W. Trammell and Mark Weiser.


Live Blog Topeka mayoral candidates


Reporter Tim Hrenchir can be reached at (785) 295-1184 or @timhrenchir on Twitter.



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