Kansas GOP chooses Estes as fourth district congressional candidate

Ron Estes (KSN File Photo)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Kansas Republican Party has selected their nominee in the special election, set to take place on April 11th.

State Treasurer Ron Estes beat out four other candidates to secure the necessary amount of votes to win the nomination.

The other candidates for the nomination were Alan Cobb, Todd Tiahrt, George Bruce, and Joseph Ashby.

A total of 126 delegates from each of the 17 counties in the fourth congressional district met Thursday night at Friends University to cast their ballots on who they thought would best represent the party in the special election.

After two rounds of voting, Estes earned 66 votes, two more than the 64 needed to get 51 percent of the vote.

Estes spoke to KSN afterwards.

He detailed some of the issues he wants to tackle, if he is ultimately elected to the vacant seat left by Congressman Mike Pompeo.

“We are looking at regulatory reform, making sure we can get the government off our back, both to help individuals and businesses and help government, I’ve ran into at the treasurers office, I couldn’t do some of the things I wanted to do because of regulation, the other thing we need to focus on is the budget,” said Estes.

Kansas Republican Party Chairman Kelly Arnold says Estes won’t have much time to campaign, with just over two months until the special election.

“Our candidate is going to have to immediately get out there in front of people to give the message of why he is the best candidate to represent him  in the fourth district,” said Arnold.

While the Republicans have chosen their candidate, the Democrats, Libertarians and Independents, still haven’t.

Democrats will hold their special election convention this Saturday, February 11th at the Sedgwick County Courthouse.

The Libertarian Party will also hold theirs on Saturday.

It will be at the Wichita Public Library’s Alford Branch.

Independents who would like to run have until February 18th to turn in a petition to run.