Wealthy Oilman Joins Kansas 4th District Fray

Posted August 12, 2009 at 5:47pm

During an interview today with KFDI News of Wichita, Republican Willis “Wink” Hartman Sr., a wealthy oilman, announced his intention to run for Kansas’ open 4th District seat.

“I’ve been very fortunate, not only financially but providing jobs and building different infrastructures and different companies. So now I’d like to take that talent, that I’ve … whittled down to a fine art, I’d like to take that to Washington and see what I can do for the 4th District,” he said.

Hartman joins state Sen. Dick Kelsey, Republican National Committee member Mike Pompeo and businessman Jim Anderson in the race for the GOP nomination to succeed Republican Rep. Todd Tiahrt, who is running for the Senate seat being vacated by Republican Sam Brownback.

Pompeo leads in early fundraising with $253,000 raised through June 30, and Kelsey loaned his campaign $223,000 for a total of $230,000 raised through the same date. Anderson entered the race in July, after the close of the fundraising quarter.