BEL AIRE, Kan. - The city of Bel Aire is growing. It's the site of two new schools, and a major destination shopping center is also being planned.
In Tuesday's general election the office of Mayor was filled by a candidate who ran unopposed. David Austin, who served on the Bel Air City Council for four years, was just elected Mayor. But, campaigning without an opposing candidate didn't guarantee 100% of the votes cast, would be in his favor.
"I was told that I received 98% of the votes," Austin said. That means 2% of the voters felt there might have been another worthy candidate to fill the mayor's duties.
"Three different people said that they voted for Greg Marshall," adds Austin. However, the Wichita State Head Basketball Coach is in Atlanta, preparing the Shockers for their Final Four match up with Louisville on Saturday, and was unavailable for comment about his vote of support.
Mayor Austin says there are a number of team connections to Bel Aire and he's hopeful for the Shockers continued success. But, as for the title of Mayor Marshall --- that could come later.
"You make history here in Wichita, and you take a great team to the Final Four, and there's nothing that you can't do," said Austin.