Ron Estes

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Tuesday’s primaries set up a rematch in Kansas’ 4th Congressional District.

After facing each other in last year’s close special election, Rep. Ron Estes and James Thompson will once again be on the ballot in the general election in November.

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In May, just a few days before the primary filing deadline, there came news that Republican Congressman Ron Estes had an unexpected primary challenger: Ron Estes.

"I don't think the current Congress is doing their job," said Ron M. Estes, a Wichita engineer. "They're not representing the people very well in their constituency.

"So given the opportunity, yeah, I threw my name in the hat and I'm running to beat Ron Estes.”

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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.”

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The Trump administration’s policy of separating parents and children who cross the border without legal permission has become a divisive issue across the United States and in Congress.

The policy spurred U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Kansas, to demand Monday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions "take immediate action to end the practice" that's divided nearly 2,000 families since April. There's also a Senate bill, known as the Keep Families Together Act, that would ban the separation tactic and has only Democratic backing.

A state panel ruled Monday that Ron Estes, the Wichita area congressman, will appear as “Rep. Ron Estes” on the primary ballot where he faces a challenger also named Ron Estes.

Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office had previously decided to add the title, but a Democrat also running for the 4th Congressional District seat objected. Laura Lombard said state law bars including titles on the ballot.

“You really should not be able to use your title on the ballot,” Lombard said. “It’s an unfair advantage for the incumbent.”

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A Democratic congressional candidate from Wichita is challenging how Kansas plans to distinguish on its primary ballot between two Republicans in the race with the same first and last names.

Democrat Laura Lombard filed an objection Monday to the secretary of state's plan to have the incumbent in the Wichita-area 4th District primary listed on the ballot as Rep. Ron Estes.

The congressman faces another Ron Estes from Wichita in the Aug. 7 primary. The challenger would be listed as Ron M. Estes.

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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Watershed conservation groups in Wichita made their pitch Wednesday for more money from the federal farm bill.

But for two Kansas congressmen, conservation falls a bit lower on the wishlist.

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