Wichita hosts Kansas Republican Convention

By: Phil White Email
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WICHITA, Kan. -- The Kansas Republican Convention is in full-swing in Wichita and party members will spend the weekend developing the GOP's election year strategies.

The convention at the Hyatt Regency includes a series of workshops focused on developing a party message that resonates with Kansas voters. It is also a chance for voters to network with those seeking public office.

"If you're going to vote, you better know who you're voting for," said Frank Chappell of Wichita.

Chappell and his wife, Linda, were at the Kansas Republican Convention to ensure they are informed voters. They spent Friday afternoon meeting Republican office-holders and political newcomers who hope to become office-holders.

"I've seen some tags and some signs for people that are new and running for new offices," Linda Chappell said. "I like to get to know them before we have to go out and vote for them."

For some attendees, the convention is a chance to catch up with their elected representatives and for those in office to reconnect with constituents.

"We may be here to learn about how to win elections and all that, but for me, it's like coming home to a family reunion," Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., told the convention crowd.

That Kansas Republican family will spend its weekend discussing strategies the party hopes will help it maintain majorities in state government and regain a majority at the federal level.

"I'm pretty excited about it," said Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan. "I think there's about nine seats in-play in the Senate. I think we can win a majority of those and I think we can take back the Senate."

The Chappells say any Kansan wanting insight into the state's politics should be at the convention.

"We would just like people to come out to things like this even if they were not from this party to find out what the Republicans are all about," Linda said.

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