Bud Estes has been involved in Ford County communities for a long time. Winning the 38th District Kansas Senate seat being vacated by Senator Garrett Love would allow him to continue — and expand — the communities he enjoys serving.

"I’ve enjoyed helping the communities in Ford County over the years," Estes said. "I want to continue to do so in the Kansas Senate."

Estes, a Republican, is running against fellow GOP candidate Joyce Warshaw, who is the Dodge City mayor.

Estes was elected in June 2013 to fill a vacancy in the Kansas House 119th District. During his time in the House, Estes has served on the committees for agriculture, health and human services, insurance and financial institutions, federal and state affairs and social services budget.

A native of Dodge City, Estes was the mayor of Bucklin for 14 years (1976-1990). He is currently a member of the Dodge City Roundup board of directors; chairman of the Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation board of directors; co-chairman of the Dodge City Chamber of Commerce Task Force Committee; and a member of the Fort Hays State University Foundation board of directors.

"It’s been a privilege to represent Dodge City in the statehouse and I look forward to earning the opportunity to be the voice of Southwest Kansas in the senate," said Estes, who filed for the senate seat on May 17, the same day Love announced he would not seek re-election.

The 38th District includes Ford, Meade, Gray, Clark and Seward counties and the southern part of Hodgeman County. Communities in the district include Dodge City, Cimarron, Spearville, Bucklin, Minneola, Ashland, Meade, Fowler, Liberal and Montezuma. Jetmore is not in the 38th District.

The deadline for filing to run for office is noon today. As of press time, there were no other candidates for the senate seat.