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Van Meter Withdraws from State Senate Race

Buchanan County Assessor Scott Van Meter announced he will no longer be running for the 34th District Senate Seat.

Posted: May. 7, 2018 12:22 PM
Updated: May. 7, 2018 12:26 PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) A Republican candidate running for a state senate seat is withdrawing from the race.

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Buchanan County Assessor Scott Van Meter announced he will no longer be running for the 34th District Senate Seat.

"My goal was to win and be the best representative of the people I could be, just as I have done as Assessor for the last 18 years. It has become clear to me that the odds are against me at being competitive in this race," Van Meter stated in a press release.
Missouri Republican party leaders questioned Van Meter's candidacy, arguing that he was not really a member of the GOP.

Van Meter is in his fifth term as assessor and has run as a Democrat each time.

"When I filed as a Republican candidate for the 34th District Senate seat, I did so with the intent of representing our community as a conservative voice," Van Meter said. "Although, those that do not know me have tried to discredit my conservative credentials, they do not know me. Those that do know me were not surprised by my announcement of switching from the Democrat Party to the Republican Party."

Current Buchanan County Presiding Commissioner Harry Roberts and Platte County attorney Tony Lutkemeyer are already on the Republican primary ballot.

FULL STATEMENT FROM SCOTT VAN METER:

When I filed as a Republican candidate for the 34th District Senate seat, I did so with the intent of representing our community as a conservative voice. Although, those that do not know me have tried to discredit my conservative credentials, they do not know me. Those that do know me were not surprised by my announcement of switching from the Democrat Party to the Republican Party.

When I filed, I did not expect to be greeted with open arms by all, but, I am surprised at the negative spin Harry Roberts, the Republican Party and the media have put on my candidacy. I want to focus on ways we can move the 34th District forward. Others want to focus on tearing me down. I am not one for the politics of personal destruction.

My goal was to win and be the best representative of the people I could be, just as I have done as Assessor for the last 18 years. It has become clear to me that the odds are against me at being competitive in this race. With that, I am withdrawing my candidacy for the 34th District Senate seat.

It is my hope that the Republican candidate that wins in August goes on to be victorious in November and works hard for our community as its Senator.

Thank you to everyone that supported me especially my family.

Scot W. Van Meter

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