Two Salina businessmen have thrown their names into the hat for a seat in the Salina City Commission. Frank Hampton announced his candidacy on Wednesday and Mike Hoppock announced his intentions to run in the fall election on Thursday.
Hampton is a Financial Advisor and Branch Manager of Raymond James Financial Services, as well as the owner and founder of Hampton Financial, LLC. He was previously a Financial Advisor and Branch Manager at A.G. Edwards in Salina for eight years, prior to founding Hampton Financial, LLC.
Prior to that, Hampton worked for the Bond Market Association in Washington, D.C. for seven years as a Senior Vice President specializing on legislative and regulatory issues with an emphasis on tax. Hampton also served as a Legislative Director and Legislative Assistant to U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Archer, where he specialized on tax, trade, and energy issues.
Hampton earned a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Kansas. He serves on the board of the Salina Regional Health Foundation and the Sunflower Adult Day Center, where he served as a past Chairman. Hampton also previously served as a board member of the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce, where he served as the Chairman in 2015, the Kansas District Tennis Association, the Salina Education Foundation, serving as Chairman twice, the Coronado Area Council Boy Scouts of America, and the Salina Art Center.
Hoppock is the current owner and president of Land Title Service Inc. He previously served in the banking industry, spending seven years with Bennington State Bank and 15 years with Security Savings and Loan.
Hoppock currently the Chairman of the Salina Regional Health Foundation and the Salina Sculpture Tour. He previously served as Chairman of the Salina Airport Authority, the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce, the Salina Education Foundation, Salina Downtown Inc., and the Salina Family YMCA.
Hampton and Hoppock are among several running for Salina City Commission. Current City Commissioner Melissa Hodges is seeking another term, as is former Commissioner Aaron Householter. Joe Hay, who ran in previous election, has also filed to run again.
Jon Blanchard had previously announced that he would run again, but withdrew from the election Thursday to pursue another career opportunity.
Three City Commission seats will be open in the election. The terms of Hodges, Jon Blanchard, and current Mayor Kaye Crawford all expire this year.
The deadline to file for this year’s election is Thursday, June 1st at 12 p.m. A primary will be held, if necessary, on Tuesday, August 1st and the General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 7th.