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Hartman announces run for Congress

Saying he wants to take a direct role in fixing the national economy, businessman and Wichita Wild owner Wink Hartman formally announced his candidacy for Congress today.

Hartman joins a crowded Republican primary for the seat being vacated by Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, who is running for Senate.

GOP National Committeeman Mike Pompeo, state Sens. Jean Schodorf of Wichita and Dick Kelsey of Goddard, and Wichita businessman Jim Anderson are also seeking the party’s nomination.

Rep. Raj Goyle, D-Wichita, and retired court services officer Robert Tillman are seeking the Democratic nomination.

Hartman is an oilman, restaurateur and developer of the Hartman Arena, where his football team plays.

Saying he has created more than 1,000 jobs in the last two years, Hartman laid down a platform calling for lower taxes, less regulation and limits on litigation to help small businesses create more jobs.

He also laid out strong stances against abortion and for gun rights.

He said some reform is needed in health care, primarily in the areas of accessibility and litigation control, but he opposes President Obama’s health care plan.