Incumbent Ron Estes is the U.S. Congressman in the 4th District.
Now he’s facing Ron M. Estes from Wichita in the primary.
“It comes across as a prank and we don’t know who all is behind it,” said Incumbent Congressman Ron Estes. “But it certainly seems like it is more to create some turmoil and confusion amongst the voters.”
KSN could not find a phone number for challenger Ron M. Estes, and he did not list a number with the Sedgwick County Elections office when he filed. His wife’s number, for Ellen Estes, is listed as a contact and KSN called and talked with Ellen. Ellen told KSN she is working on getting a press release put together with a picture of her husband, challenger Ron M. Estes.
The Secretary of State’s office says it will have the initials Rep. in front of incumbent Congressman Ron Estes so voters can tell them apart.
Brian Caskey the State of Kansas Director of Elections says challenger Ron M. Estes will be given the option of having initials in front of his name if he wants that on the ballot.
Since KSN did not talk directly with challenger Ron M. Estes, we reached out to GOP party chairman, Kelly Arnold.
“We have never really talked to Ron M. Estes as a GOP party,” says Arnold. “The Kansas Republican Party has reached out to him and will continue to try and contact him.”
KSN political analyst Jeff Jarman says the two names will be a challenge to differentiate, even with Rep. in front of incumbent Congressman Ron Estes.
” It is obviously a very strange situation where there are two candidates who have the same name who are running, in this case for such a high-profile office,” says Jarman. “This is a situation that is ripe for voter confusion and I’m quite certain that voters voting for both candidates will be voting for the wrong candidate in the primary.”