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Knudtson opts not to run for House seat

Monday, August 27, 2007

Cape Girardeau Mayor Jay Knudtson won't run for the legislative seat vacated by Nathan Cooper.

In a statement issued this afternoon, Knudtson said he had called Holly Lintner, chairwoman of the Republican Party's 158th Legislative District committee to take his name out of consideration.

Cooper, a Republican, resigned his Missouri House seat Aug. 14 after pleading guilty to two federal felony counts of immigration fraud. Gov. Matt Blunt set a special election for Feb. 5 to fill the remainder of Cooper's term, which ends in January 2009.

Knudtson had said he was considering a bid after hearing from friends and supporters around the city. That encouragement was welcome, Knudtson said in a prepared statement, but he declined to run because of family considerations and the desire to finish out his term.

"In the end, my decision was driven by two very fundamental issues, issues I simply could not deny," Knudston sadi in a prepared statement. "The first is my family, they have been with me since the beginning and they continue to be my 'rock' in good times and in bad. My son Gunnar is 13 years old, and I don't want to miss watching him become a young man. The other is the respect of the office that I currently serve. I consider it a great honor and privilege to represent the citizens of Cape Girardeau as their mayor, and I look forward to continuing to serve, in this capacity, until my term expires in 2010."

Republicans must act quickly to choose a candidate, Knudston said. The party, he said, needs "an individual that will restore respect and credibility to this office. In addition, this individual needs to make a complete commitment to building a relationship with the great citizens of Cape Girardeau."

Cape Girardeau County Republican Central Committee treasurer Pete Frazier has said he is considering entering the race. Among Democrats, two potential candidates -- former postmaster Mike Keefe and attorney Matt Hill -- have said they are interested in possibly running for the office.

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just what we need a government bureaucrat (retired postmaster) and another attorney (lawyer). give us a break, someone who will care about the real needs of the people of this district. just look what shape our state and federal government is in now. let's make a real change for a change. it couldn't be any worse.

-- Posted by Next Candidate for Mayor on Mon, Aug 27, 2007, at 5:59 PM

In all due respect, Next Candidate for Mayor.

Unless you have been hiding under a rock the Mayor's term, our current Mayor has done more for the City of Cape, County, and other surrounding areas to promote the City of Roses than most past.

I think he has made the decision which is in his best interests, and the community.

And I hope he would consider another term at the end of this term for the City.

Mayor Jay Knudtson:

Keep up the good work, and you have my vote next election!

-- Posted by E=IXR on Mon, Aug 27, 2007, at 7:31 PM

I hope that Matt Hill will run for the office. I heard him speak and could definitely support him!

-- Posted by sideshowbob on Mon, Aug 27, 2007, at 10:16 PM

1. Knudston has done a good job.

2. Matt Hill would be worse than Nathan Cooper.

3. Will a qualified candidate please run???

-- Posted by holdonaminute on Mon, Aug 27, 2007, at 10:50 PM

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