By Hunter Carson
Dave Lindstrom, former Johnson County Commissioner, announced his bid for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Senator Pat Roberts who has announced his retirement at the end of his current term in 2020.
Mr. Lindstrom was in Garden City June 27 to kick off his campaign. Lindstrom referenced the importance of agriculture to the Kansas economy and said it’s necessary to spend some time in the western half of the state to fully appreciate and understand the needs of all Kansans.
According to Mr. Lindstrom’s biography, he is a “son of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts” and holds a degree in education from Boston University. He played professional football in the National Football League after completing his university studies and finished his playing career with the Kansas City Chiefs as a defensive end, retiring in 1986.
“We are putting together what I consider to be a phenomenal team and that team is led by one of your own. I understand Charlie (Claar) is going to serve as our campaign treasurer,” Lindstrom said. “When someone serves a community like Charlie has for forty years and decides to retire last year and they name the day after him – that’s the kind of person that we want on our team.”
Lindstrom was referring to the proclamation made by the Garden City Commission proclaiming July 2, 2018 as ‘Charlie Claar, Jr. Day’ to celebrate Mr. Claar’s forty-two years of service to the community through his work at Lewis, Hooper & Dick, LLC. Lindstrom said that he had not met Claar before, but that he had come highly recommended by mutual friends.
Lindstrom got his start in politics as a Committee Precinctman in Johnson County in the late 1980s. In 2002, Lindstrom was the Lt. Governor candidate on Tim Shallenburger’s (R) gubernatorial ticket. Although Shallenburger/Lindstrom won the Republican Primary, the seat was ultimately won by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Accompanying Lindstrom at his Garden City announcement were friends and campaign officials including former Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback Tony Adams, and former Kansas Lieutenant Governor Dave Owen, who Lindstrom referred to as the “Andy Reid of our campaign.”