Nixa Alderman Kevin Elmer tells the KY3 Political Notebook he will NOT run for U.S. Congress in 2010.
In a statement released Tuesday night, Elmer said he would instead run for Nixa's State House seat being vacated by Rep. Jay Wasson.
"After months of discussing the concerns of Southwest Missourians I have decided not to run for the United States Congress," Elmer said in a statement sent to The Notebook. "I have decided that I can best address their needs by running for the State Representative of the 141st District seat being vacated by Jay Wasson. I want to thank the many citizens of Christian, Stone and Lawrence counties who have encouraged me to seek this office," he said.
For the past few months, Elmer repeatedly said he was very seriously considering a bid to replace Roy Blunt in Congress, but the field may have gotten too crowded and the finances may have become too difficult to raise for the little-known Nixa alderman.
Elmer's departure from the field leaves a five-man field in the race for the 7th Congressional District: Sen. Jack Goodman, Sen. Gary Nodler, auctioneer Billy Long, prosecutor Darrell Moore and community college instructor Jeff Wisdom.
Elmer's formal announcement for the 141st legislative district seat will be held at Bud & Walt’s Pizza House in Nixa at 5:30 PM on Monday, June 8.