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Ron Estes Files To Run For 4th Congressional District Seat

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.

“I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished over the past year and I am excited to build on our success,” Estes said in a statement.

“Our economy is growing again, wages are increasing and deregulation is liberating our state’s innovators.”

Thompson, a Wichita attorney, has announced plans to run for the 4th District seat again. So has Laura Lombard, who grew up in Wichita and is now CEO of ImEpik, an online training company.

Thompson and Lombard will meet in the Aug. 7 primary. The winner will likely face Estes in the general election on Nov. 6.

A Democrat has not held the seat since 1994.


Tom Shine is the director of news and public affairs. Follow him on Twitter @thomaspshine

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Tom joined KMUW in 2017 after spending 37 years with The Wichita Eagle where he held a variety of reporting and editing roles. He also is host of The Range, KMUW’s weekly show about where we live and the people who live here. Tom is a board member of the Public Media Journalists Association, serving as small station representative, a volunteer coach for League 42 and an adjunct instructor in the Elliott School of Communication at Wichita State University.