Wichita, Kan.– Wink Hartman, businessman and Republican candidate for Governor, announced today that his campaign will kick off a four day, 12 stop tour across Kansas. “It’s vital to the future of the state that the next Governor sits down and talks to Kansans about the issues that matter to them,” Hartman said. “This tour gives me the opportunity to hear Kansans concerns about jobs, the budget, healthcare, education, taxes, and other important issues. I’m looking forward to showing voters my vision to fix Topeka and how we will solve problems using business common sense.”  The tour, which will begin in Wichita at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 11th, will reach every corner of the state- from Olathe to Colby and Garden City to Parsons. It will include public stops as well as private meetings with job creators, community leaders, and elected officials. “Mr. Hartman is running an aggressive grassroots campaign that is capable of winning the nomination and the...READ MORE
Wichita – Wink Hartman, businessman and Republican Candidate for Governor, issued the following statement regarding the Legislature’s override of Governor Brownback’s tax-plan veto: “The tax plan that was passed by the Legislature last night – which will go down as the single largest tax-hike in the history of Kansas – wasn’t the right solution for Kansas families. Aside from raising taxes retroactively on every Kansan, it failed to address the two core problems with the career politicians in Topeka – out-of-control wasteful spending and no plan to grow our economy.   We need a vision to grow our economy, attract good-paying jobs, bring structural balance to our budget and to identify efficiencies in government to make sure every tax dollar is spent wisely.   This has been an especially contentious Legislative Session after a painful few years of Kansas political history. Let’s be clear about one thing – this mess was created by the career politicians in Topeka who are...READ MORE
Wichita – Wink Hartman, businessman and Republican Candidate for Governor, issued the following statement regarding the Kansas Supreme Court’s ruling on Education Funding: “The Kansas Supreme Court’s decision in the Gannon Case – which determined that K-12 education is not being adequately funded, yet provided absolutely no clarity on a specific level of funding – accomplished nothing aside from adding additional cloudiness to an already uncertain situation. For too many years – and, more specifically, the last few weeks – Topeka has consistently failed to deliver a steady and sustainable solution to the budget and education funding issues that have gripped Kansas. This has left Kansas families, schools and businesses with no stability and no clearly-defined path forward. Simply put, if Topeka was a business – it would be out of business. Businesses that govern by crisis fail and Topeka is failing Kansas families, businesses and students daily with its inability to lead and create lasting solutions. The fact that all sides...READ MORE
No one calls him “Willis,” and they haven’t for decades, though that’s his name. Willis “Wink” Hartman gave brief remarks during an Elephant Club luncheon in Leawood on Tuesday. He started by explaining how he got his nickname–from a nursery rhyme. “It’s the first thing everyone asks,” Hartman said. Read more: https://sentinelksmo.org/hartman-pivots-business-politics/
Wichita – Wink Hartman, businessman and Republican Candidate for Governor, issued the following statement regarding the Kansas Legislature’s passage of the largest tax-hike in Kansas history: “I’m extremely disappointed by the Legislature’s decision to pass the largest tax increase in the history of Kansas and I’m encouraging the Governor to veto this misguided tax-hike. There is something fundamentally wrong with asking Kansas families to pick up the tab for Topeka’s spending problems. This plan would kill job-creation, raise taxes on Kansas families, farms and businesses and, most importantly, fail to address the underlying problem with Topeka – an inability to live within a budget. In 2015, the Kansas Legislature spent more than $2 million commissioning a study that identified more than $2 billion in cost-saving efficiencies. Like too much of the funds spent by our state government, that appears to be wasted money as the overwhelming majority of these recommendations were never implemented. As a businessman, I am faced with tough...READ MORE
Wink Hartman, a native Kansan and small-businessman, today announced the launch of his campaign for Governor. Hartman, a conservative Republican, will immediately begin campaigning for the nomination to be decided in the 2018 Republican Primary. “I’m a businessman – not a politician,” Hartman said. “As a businessman, I’ve watched the dysfunction in Topeka with increasing frustration. Instead of finding solutions, Topeka is causing problems. Instead of providing stability for Kansas families, farms and businesses, Topeka is creating uncertainty. Most importantly,...READ MORE

Training Our Next Generation

February 14, 2017


Kansas’ most important resource is the next generation. Our kids and grandkids deserve the same opportunities we have had. I fundamentally believe that we must train the students of today for the jobs of tomorrow. Through technical schools, K-12 and higher education, we will ensure that our children receive the education necessary to live the American Dream.