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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — One of the three Sedgwick County Commissioners up for reelection has lost her race. Democrat Lacey Cruse lost to her Republican challenger Ryan Baty, 47% to 53%.

The other two incumbents, Pete Meitzner and Jim Howell, kept their seats. The political makeup of the Sedgwick County Commission will now be four Republicans to one Democrat.

On Wednesday morning, Cruse posted a message on Facebook, saying, "Let’s face it. We live in a society that wants women to listen, not lead."

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Democrat Lacey Cruse served as commissioner of District 4, north-central and northeast Sedgwick County, since 2019. Her Republican challenger Ryan Baty is new to politics, but his face may be familiar from the commercials for his company, The Mattress Hub.

This is Cruse's full Facebook statement:

Waking this morning, I feel thankful, and while I wasn’t selected for another four years, my goals were achieved.

1. Do the right thing, no matter the personal consequence.

2. Inspire women to run for office.

"I did that and a whole lot more.

"I feel grateful for all the things I have learned and the opportunity to show what serving with authenticity looks like, even if it’s not embraced.

"Let’s face it. We live in a society that wants women to listen, not lead.

"Well, lucky for me, I am more than a woman. I am a warrior. And now, I will carry on in my private life where my family will come first.

"I will be sharing more at a later time, but for now, I will rest and reflect. What’s coming next is an exciting thought, and I want to be ready.

"To all my supporters, THANK YOU for believing in me. So many of you have lifted my spirits over the past four years and over the past 24 hours. I can’t possibly get back to you all. Just know that you were part of this, and I’ll never forget your kindness and encouragement. YOU MATTER."

Lacey Cruse, Incumbent Sedgwick County Commissioner, Dist. 4

KSN News asked Baty what is next for him when he takes over the role in January.

"I'm going to get community partners, colleagues on the commission, get with staff, get with the city partners. I'm just going to listen. I'm going to learn, and I'm going to bring this community together in a collaborative way," he said.

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In District 1, the northeast part of Sedgwick County, Republican Pete Meitzner has served as commissioner since 2019. His challenger, Democrat Kelli Grant, said she has worked in multiple county department offices.

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In District 5, southeast Sedgwick County, Republican Jim Howell has served as commissioner since 2015. The person who tried to unseat him is Democrat John McIntosh. The retired salesman has previously served on the Derby City Council.