September 7, 2010
A well-known Wichita businessman who fell short in the August primary may turn up on November's ballot after all. Wink Hartman took third in the Republican primary for a house seat in the fourth district, behind the winner, Mike Pompeo, and runner-up Jean Schodorf. But now, he may be vying for your vote as a Libertarian.
After the Libertarian candidate withdrew due to illness, rumors started circulating, saying Hartman may take his spot on the ticket. Tuesday, KAKE News learned those rumors are true. Hartman will have until Friday to make a final decision.
"He's a very sharp guy, he's a very talented guy that could put on a good campaign. And he could also, I believe, do a very good job in the house if he was there," said KS Libertarian party member Gordon Bakken.
State Libertarian leaders tell KAKE News Hartman took part in a conference call Tuesday night, to discuss the ideals of the Libertarian party and whether he would be a good fit. After more than an hour of conversation, the state party chairman says, they discovered it is a good match.
"Both sides are extremely positive," said KS Libertarian Party Chairman Andrew Gray.
Party leaders also say they answered Hartman's concerns about running as a Libertarian, a party sharing some similar ideals with the GOP.
"The main doctrine of the Libertarian party is simply small government, said Bakken.
Those taking part in Tuesday's conference call say his views matched the party's main doctrine exactly. If Hartman declines a spot on the ticket Friday, local long-time Libertarian Shawn Smith will appear on the ballot instead.