TOPEKA (KSNT) – There are now five candidates running for mayor of Topeka, the Shawnee County Election Office said Tuesday.
Two more candidates, John Lauer and Leo Cangiani, both filed to run for office right before the deadline at noon. They join Daniel Brown, Patrick Klick and Mike Padilla in the race for mayor, who the city announced as the three candidates so far in its Tuesday press conference.
The Shawnee County Election Office also confirmed that because there are now five candidates, there will be an Aug. 3 primary election for the mayor position before a November general vote. Before the last-minute candidates filed, there would have been only a November general election for mayor between the three candidates.
Current Mayor Michelle De La Isla announced previously she won’t seek reelection, meaning there will be no battle with an incumbent. She is exiting politics and has accepted a new position as Managing Director for the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation.
The organization says De La Isla will “lead DRK’s Midwest presence building partnerships, sourcing new investments, and working with the leadership of those organizations as an operating partner and board member as they grow to build capacity and achieve their maximum impact.” The foundation funds and supports social enterprises that address world and national challenges.