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A forum was held Sunday at St. Mark United Methodist Church in Wichita between two of the three candidates looking to fill the seat former congressman and current CIA director Mike Pompeo vacated in Kansas' 4th District.

Democrat James Thompson and Libertarian Chris Rockhold participated. Republican Ron Estes, although he had confirmed to take part, was absent due to a conflict.

The candidates commented on the budget, school funding, race issues and the Affordable Care Act.

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Candidates for the Kansas 4th Congressional District race met with constituents Saturday during the first public event of the campaign.

Republican candidate Ron Estes was not there, but Libertarian Chris Rockhold, a flight simulation instructor, and Democrat James Thompson, a civil rights attorney, agreed on a number of issues, such as immigration reform and veterans issues.

But the two candidates diverged on the issue of school choice, something the new U.S. education secretary Betsy DeVos has championed.

Rockhold said he’s in favor of a market solution.

Candidates for the 4th Congressional District will participate in a Q&A event Saturday hosted by Sunflower Community Action.

The organization says all three candidates have been invited; so far Democratic candidate, James Thompson and Libertarian Chris Rockhold have confirmed. Republican Ron Estes has not. The event starts at 11:30 at Sunflower Community Action, 1751 N. Ash.

Next Thursday, March 16, the League of Women Voters Wichita Metro Chapter and Women for Kansas are partnering to host a forum at Friends University with candidates and a panel.

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The Sedgwick County Election Office is getting ready for the 4th Congressional District special election.

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U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts is endorsing the Republican candidate in the 4th District congressional race. He said in a statement that he’s supporting Ron Estes because he believes Estes will fight for Kansas agriculture and against government regulations like ones from the EPA.

Roberts, a Republican, is the senior member of the Kansas congressional delegation and the chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

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In deep-red Kansas, state Democrats threw their most energized annual meeting in years in Topeka on Saturday, largely thanks to the featured speaker: Vermont senator and former presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders.

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Kansas Republicans in the 4th District selected State Treasurer Ron Estes as their nominee for the special congressional election. The district’s 126 voting delegates held their convention Thursday night.

It took two rounds of voting for Estes to receive the majority necessary to win with an eventual 66 votes. He beat out four other candidates: Todd Tiahrt, Joseph Ashby, George Bruce and Alan Cobb, who came in second.

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At least two more congressional hopefuls are in the race for Kansas’ 4th District seat. Democratic former State Treasurer Dennis McKinney and current state treasurer Ron Estes formally began their campaigns Wednesday for their parties’ nominations to get on the ballot.

In his campaign announcement, Republican Ron Estes emphasized his grassroots political experience and conservative principles.

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The six Kansas electors cast their votes in Topeka on Monday. Secretary of State Kris Kobach presided over the quick meeting, which lasted less than 20 minutes.

“So the final vote of the electors of Kansas is six votes for Mr. Trump for president, and six votes for Mr. Pence for vice president," Kobach said.

The tally brought a mix of cheers and boos. Some shouted “shame” from the unusually full state Senate gallery. Kobach said when he was an elector in 2008 the gallery was empty.

State Treasurer Ron Estes says the Kansas Cash booth at this year's state fair resulted in more than $750,000 dollars in unclaimed property being returned to its rightful owners. The treasurer says the number of people stopping at the booth and searing for missing money in a computerized database this year was far greater than in recent years.