4th Congressional District

Last spring, just minutes after learning he had lost the special election for the 4th Congressional District seat to Ron Estes, James Thompson announced he was running again.

"I announced the night that I lost that I was running in 2018 because I saw a fire that was ignited here that we needed to continue pushing," Thompson says. "There was never a question in my mind."

The civil rights lawyer has spent the past year and a half in campaign mode, largely with the same team of supporters that was behind him last year. He says a major difference in this election is time.

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About 4,000 people attended a political rally Friday at Century II in Wichita in support of James Thompson, one of two Democrats running in Kansas' 4th Congressional District.

But perhaps the biggest draws at the "Unite for America" rally were Vermont senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who both endorsed Thompson in his second bid for Congress.

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The Aug. 7 primary is just weeks away, and in the race for the 4th Congressional District, Republican candidate Ron Estes is stepping out more in his campaign against the incumbent of the same name.

Since filing to run a day before the June 1 deadline, Ron M. Estes has led a fairly quiet campaign — no TV ads, no billboards, and little contact with the media.

“We pretty much have a grassroots campaign," Estes said during a recent interview. "We’ll see how far it gets us.”

The final flurry of filings ahead of the Kansas primaries in August didn’t disappoint.

“This is one of the busiest days of the year, every two-year cycle,” said Secretary of State Kris Kobach, surveying the last crop of candidates that paraded in just before the noon deadline Friday.

Performance artist Vermin Supreme made his entrance dressed in tie-dye and with his signature rain boot on his head. He filled out the paperwork to challenge Attorney General Derek Schmidt in the Republican primary, listing a Rockport, Massachusetts, address.

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The race for the 4th Congressional District seat in south-central Kansas will include a Republican candidate named Ron Estes.

But we won’t know until after the August primary whether that candidate is current Congressman Ron Estes or political newcomer Ron Estes.

Kansas State Treasury website

U.S. Rep Ron Estes of Wichita has filed to run for office again.

Estes, a Republican, completed paperwork with the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office to run in the 4th Congressional District race.

A former Sedgwick County and state treasurer, Estes was elected to Congress in April 2017. He won a special election over Democrat James Thompson to replace Mike Pompeo, who was named director of the Central Intelligence Agency by President Donald Trump.

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A Wichita entrepreneur has entered the race for Kansas’ 4th Congressional District. Laura Lombard will go up against former 4th District candidate James Thompson in next year’s Democratic primary.

Laura Lombard is CEO of an online workforce training company, and is the founder and former director of a trade association focused on the Middle East. She launched her campaign Saturday at the Service Employees International Union building in Wichita.

In a video announcement, Lombard says she wants to be a strong voice in Washington to represent Kansas families.

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Kansas Congressman Ron Estes stopped in Wichita Thursday on a four-city listening tour of the 4th District.

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State Treasurer Ron Estes won the election to become the next Republican Congressman to represent the 4th District in Kansas. Estes defeated Democrat James Thompson by fewer than 10 percentage points, unofficial poll numbers show. Libertarian Chris Rockhold was also on the ballot and drew 2 percent of the vote.

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A special election is taking place on Tuesday, April 11, in Kansas' 4th Congressional District. Voters will decide on which candidate will replace former Rep. Mike Pompeo. KMUW’s Carla Eckels went downtown to find out if Wichitans are voting or not.

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