One of these two Topekans will be city’s next mayor

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Mike Padilla, left, and Leo Cangiani.

TOPEKA (KSNT) – The list of people wanting to be Topeka’s next mayor was cut down to two candidates Tuesday evening.

With all election precincts reporting, Mike Padilla and Leo Cangiani will face off in the Nov. 2 general election. After current Mayor Michelle De La Isla announced she wouldn’t seek reelection as she was quitting politics, five candidates including Padilla, Cangiani, Patrick Klick, Daniel Brown and John Lauer joined in the race. A current city council member, Mike Padilla was the only candidate for mayor before the other four hopped in last-minute before the entry deadline in June. 

For a vote count between the two mayoral candidates going head-to-head and other primary races, click here. The candidate who wins in November will serve a four-year term and earn $40,000 per year. The mayor provides leadership and has veto power over the decisions of the 9-person city council.

Apart from the mayoral race, elections for the city council’s third district and Seaman Unified School District 345’s school board were the only ones in Shawnee County with enough candidates for a primary before the November general.

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