South-central Kansas residents will take part in a special election April 11 to decide who will take the U.S. House of Representatives seat vacated by Mike Pompeo.Vote

Pompeo was chosen by President Donald Trump to be the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency, a position for which he was confirmed by the Senate in January. Residents of the Fourth Congressional District can cast their votes for his replacement at their regular polling places.

Most Arkansas City residents will vote from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Central Christian Church, located at 206 W. Central Ave.

This will be the first congressional election to take place since Trump won the presidency in November 2016.

Kansas’ Fourth Congressional District is located in southern Kansas and includes Barber, Butler, Chautauqua, Comanche, Cowley, Edwards, Elk, Greenwood, Harper, Harvey, Kingman, Kiowa, Pratt, Sedgwick, Stafford, and Sumner counties, as well as a portion of Pawnee County.

Voters with questions about the special election may contact Cowley County Clerk Karen Madison at (620) 221-5495.

Ron Estes

Ron Estes, the Republican candidate, served as the Sedgwick County treasurer for six years. In 2010, he was elected Kansas state treasurer.

The issues he stands for include:

  • changing the culture of Washington, D.C.;
  • defense of constitutional rights and religious liberties
  • economic growth;
  • repealing the Affordable Care Act;
  • stronger national security;
  • supporting the Second Amendment.

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James Thompson

James Thompson, a Democrat, is a civil rights attorney in Wichita. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Some of the issues he stands for include:

  • the Constitution, including the Second Amendment;
  • education;
  • equality;
  • fighting for jobs;
  • firm, fair immigration policies;
  • strong Kansas economy;
  • veterans’ rights.

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