The place to be for those of the Republican persuasion is the Wichita Area Builders Association on north Main, where practically every local candidate (minus Mike Pompeo) is awaiting election results and chowing down on a buffet of meatballs and mini-cupcakes and drinking Bud Light and white Zinfandel.
A long list of candidates is here, including Phil Hermanson, Steve Huebert, Brenda Landwehr, Dan Heflin and Joe McLeland. Also partying here: Local supporters of Sam Brownback, Jerry Moran and Ron Estes.
Steve Brunk, whose running unopposed for the 85th District House seat, says he’s spent campaign season advising a crop of newcomer candidates, including Les Osterman and Joseph Scapa, also here. His advice: Get out there and press the flesh.
“You really have to go out and meet the people and earn the right to get elected,” he said. He then added, with a laugh, that if any of those candidates lost, he had nothing to do with it.