Daily Archives: Oct. 1, 2009

Former Salina mayor enters 1st District congressional race

Alan Jilka, a former three-term mayor of Salina, has become the first Democrat to enter the race for the 1st Congressional District seat.

In announcing his candidacy, Jilka cited energy independence, national debt reduction and comprehensive immigration reform as the key issues he wants to address in Washington.

At least six Republicans are expected to contend for the GOP nomination for the seat, which is being vacated by Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Hays.

Moran is running against Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, for the Senate seat being vacated by Republican Sen. Sam Brownback.

Congressional candidate Hartman to speak at Republican club lunch

Businessman Wink Hartman, running for the Republican nomination in the 4th Congressional District, will speak to the Friday meeting of the Wichita Pachyderm Club.

The meeting will begin at noon at the Petroleum Club, on the ninth floor of the Bank of America building, 100 N. Broadway, Wichita. Cost of the luncheon is $10.

Hartman is active in oil, restaurants and real estate; he also owns the Wichita Wild indoor football team and the Hartman arena where the team plays.

He’s running for the congressional nomination against Republican National Committeeman Mike Pompeo, state Sens. Dick Kelsey and Jean Schodorf, and businessman and retired airline pilot Jim Anderson.

State Rep. Raj Goyle and retired court services officer Robert Tillman are seeking the Democratic nomination.