Ron Estes

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.

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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.

Kansas State Treasury website

Congressman Ron Estes of Wichita has introduced a bill that would increase penalties for swatting incidents.

The punishment could include up to 20 years in prison if someone is seriously injured as a result of swatting. A bill to increase swatting penalties has also been introduced in the Kansas Legislature.

Swatting involves making a false report of a crime in progress to emergency dispatchers in order to get a large number of police officers to descend on an address. The calls often arise after disputes between members of the online gaming community.

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The Department of Homeland Security is now taking public comment on a plan to release biological and chemical materials at the former Chilocco Indian School near Arkansas City.

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Business leaders and members of Kansas’ congressional delegation are supportive of renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA.

Speaking at a summit hosted by the Kansas Chamber of Commerce in Wichita Friday, District 4 Rep. Ron Estes said he wants to modernize NAFTA in a way that keeps the “good parts” of the trade agreement with Canada and Mexico.

Estes said Trump’s statements have begun to focus more on free and fair trade, instead of tearing up agreements.

Nadya Faulx / KMUW

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

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