Fresh off a primary election win over a candidate who accused him of spending too much time in Washington and too little in Kansas, Sen. Pat Roberts will spend the next two days holding and speaking at meetings in the Wichita area.
Roberts’ south-central Kansas swing will include three town halls, one each for Sedgwick, Butler and Greenwood counties; along with appearances in Wichita at a Farm Bureau meeting and a regulatory fairness forum for small business.
Roberts’ Tuesday begins with the Greenwood County town Hall, 2:30 p.m. at the Eureka City Library, 606 N. Main, Eureka.
From there, it’s on the Sedgwick County Farm Bureau annual meeting, 6:30 p.m. at the county Extension Center, 7001 W. 21st St., Wichita.
The senator’s Wednesday schedule of appearances begins at 9 a.m., when he will attend the Small Business Regulator Fairness Forum. This meeting will offer business owners a chance to object to federal regulations, enforcement actions and fines that they see as excessive or unreasonable. The meeting will feature the Small Business Administration’s national ombudsman, Brian Castro, along with representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service. That meeting will be at the offices of the Kansas Leadership Center, 325 E. Douglas, Wichita.
Roberts will follow that with the Sedgwick County Town Hall, scheduled for 11 a.m. at Pizza John’s, 208 Baltimore, Derby.
Butler County’s town hall is set for 1:30 p.m. at the Andover Public Library, 1511 E. Central, Andover.
Last week, Roberts held off a Republican primary challenge from Milton Wolf, a Johnson County doctor who had centered his campaign around charges that the senator does not maintain a permanent personal residence in Kansas.
Roberts countered throughout the race that he spends a lot of time traveling the state meeting with constituents and that a room he rents from a campaign supporter as his official residence in Dodge City is adequate to his needs when he’s in that part of the state.
In the Nov. 4 general election, Roberts will face Democratic candidate Chad Taylor, the district attorney in Shawnee County; and Greg Orman, a Johnson County businessman who is running as an independent candidate.
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