Wichita, the state, and the nation are pouring out their love for former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer who died earlier today at age 63.

KS Gov. Laura Kelly conveyed her sadness at Brewer’s passing.

“Carl was an outstanding mayor, served more than two decades in the Kansas National Guard, and was a strong supporter of the Kansas Labor community.  I have no doubt, the impact of his contributions to our state will be felt for generations to come.”

Brewer and Kelly competed against each other for the 2018 Democratic Primary for Kansas governor. In the crowded field, Brewer came in second. 

Online condolence prove show Brewer as a strong mentor to others, both politically and otherwise.  Current Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple is among those who counted Brewer as a mentor. 

“Mayor Brewer modeled leadership.  Throughout my career in public service he was always there as a mentor and guide.  Chels (Whipple’s wife) and I send our love to his family,” wrote Whipple on Facebook. 

Councilmember Brandon Johnson, who currently represents District 1, the district Brewer represented from 2001 to 2007, said Brewer encouraged his run for public office. 

“Brewer was the first elected official that I met.  He was running for mayor and had come by Fasmily Services Institute to speak with my boss.  Since that day, I had gotten to know him ore and he later encouraged me to consider running for office one day.  Rest well Mayor,” wrote Johnson on social media.    

Two friends, during his early term in politics, included Brian Black, who at the time was the CEO of the Urban League of Kansas and Kevin Myles, who was the President of the Wichita Branch of the NAACP. The three fondly referred to themselves as brothers.  Both Black and Myles expressed their sadness and love for Brewer on Facebook. 

“My heart is sadden over the passing of my dear friend, brother, colleague, Councilmen, and Mayor Carl Brewer,” said Black.  “There are so many things I could say about how my friend influenced my life positively as a mentor, coach and counselor. Many nights we chatted for hours and he always told me it was going to be okay and it is never as bad as it seems…. You will never be forgotten my friend.” 

From Myles: 

“Carl was like my ‘Big Brother.’  I am deeply shaken this morning. I don’t want to accept this. I’ve read and heard the words, but I don’t want to process them.  Rest in Power…”

From people around the world came prayers and best wishes for Kathy Brewer, Carl’s wife, his children, grandchildren, and the rest of his extended family.  

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