JEFFERSON CITY — A term-limited state senator from St. Charles County who had launched a bid for county government abruptly pulled out of the race on Tuesday, saying the marketing campaign wasn’t within the “finest pursuits” of his household.
Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake Saint Louis, who’s ending his final 12 months within the state Senate and who has been talked about as a attainable congressional candidate sooner or later, introduced his determination Tuesday morning.
Onder’s departure theoretically clears the way in which for longtime incumbent County Government Steve Ehlmann, a Republican, to safe a fifth time period in workplace, if he can defeat perennial candidate Arnie C. Dienoff within the Aug. 2 GOP major. No Democrats are operating for county government.
“After prolonged dialogue, reflection and prayer, my spouse Allison and I’ve concluded that it’s not in one of the best pursuits of our household that I proceed the race for St. Charles County Government,” Onder mentioned in a Fb submit on Tuesday morning.
“I apologize to these of you who’re disillusioned by this determination,” Onder mentioned. “I’m deeply appreciative and can endlessly be pleased about your outpouring of arduous work and energy in my run for County Government. However we are going to proceed to struggle collectively to save lots of this nice nation.”
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Onder didn’t instantly reply to cellphone messages Tuesday morning.
Ehlmann instructed the Submit-Dispatch Tuesday morning that Onder had known as him earlier that morning to inform him he was quitting the race.
“I respect him for placing his household first,” Ehlmann mentioned. “Individuals do not actually understand the sort of sacrifices your loved ones has to make.”
Onder, one of many founders of the Missouri Senate’s self-styled Conservative Caucus, had forged himself as a more-conservative different to Ehlmann, blasting measures the county authorities took in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Onder had greater than $250,000 in his marketing campaign checking account on the finish of March. Ehlmann had almost $115,000 in money available, based on ethics fee data.
Kurt Bahr, director of elections for St. Charles County, mentioned Onder’s identify received’t seem on the Aug. 2 poll.
Bahr mentioned he acquired a courtroom order Monday afternoon to take away Onder from the poll — a day earlier than the deadline for such orders.
“I obtained a courtroom order from the circuit decide yesterday afternoon,” Bahr mentioned Tuesday.
Throughout this previous legislative session, Onder pushed for a congressional map that saved most or all of St. Charles County’s inhabitants in the identical congressional district.
The ultimate product, signed into regulation by Gov. Mike Parson, locations about three-fourths of the county’s inhabitants within the third District, held by U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth.
Onder resides within the third District, Bahr mentioned.
He typically feuded with Republicans exterior the Conservative Caucus, and on Tuesday, he mentioned he would focus this summer season on ensuring state Rep. Nick Schroer, R-Lake Saint Louis, replaces him within the state Senate.
In that contest, Schroer is operating in opposition to Home Speaker Professional Tem John Wiemann, R-O’Fallon.
“On this race I’ve endorsed State Consultant Nick Schroer,” Onder mentioned, including it was additionally “critically essential” to defeat a attainable poll initiative that may institute ranked-choice voting in Missouri.
along with Schroer, the 100 PAC, which says it is supporting Republicans who agree to join the Conservative Caucus, is backing 5 different GOP candidates in open Senate races.