Elections

Candidates file to represent east Wichita, Andover district in House

Susan Humphries, a Republican from far east Wichita, filed Thursday in the race for the Kansas House of Representatives’ District 99 seat.
Susan Humphries, a Republican from far east Wichita, filed Thursday in the race for the Kansas House of Representatives’ District 99 seat. Courtesy photo

Two Republicans have filed in the race for Rep. Dennis Hedke’s seat in the Kansas House.

Hedke, R-Wichita, announced Wednesday he would not seek re-election in District 99, which covers parts of east Wichita and Andover.

Susan Humphries, a lawyer practicing in adoption, family law and general law, filed Thursday for the seat.

She will face Randy Banwart, a project manager at Spirit AeroSystems, in the Republican primary in August.

Banwart, who lost to Hedke by 148 votes in 2014, filed for the seat in January.

Humphries said in a news release that she is “a conservative (who) believes that a limited and effective government that honors life and freedom is the best way to ensure growth and a prosperous Kansas.”

She said she is also passionate about the juvenile justice system and Kansas’ foster care system.

“My No. 1 stance is, let’s get the kids off the foster care rolls,” Humphries said. “I think we can mobilize individuals, families, churches to help them go from foster care to adoption. … I’m passionate about that.”

Banwart said his three main focus areas have not changed since 2014: business growth, education and fiscal responsibility.

“Not a lot has changed from 2014 to 2016 except we got further in debt,” he said.

He said he hopes being on the 2014 ballot will increase his visibility to voters this fall.

“Our goal is to put our message out there and hopefully that will stimulate some additional voting,” he said.

Hedke, a geologist, was appointed to the House in 2011 and elected in 2012.

The Kansas Republican primary will be Aug. 2.

Matt Riedl: 316-268-6660, @RiedlMatt

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