Democrat Aycock drops 8th District bid

Friday, January 25, 2013

The field of Democrats now stands at two for a committee to choose between as a candidate to nominate for Missouri's 8th Congressional District.

Barry Aycock, a Parma, Mo., businessman and farmer, on Thursday said he will not seek the committee's nomination.

"Over the past couple of weeks I have been extremely humbled by the outpouring of support from people across Missouri's 8th Congressional District encouraging me to seek the Democratic nomination for Jo Ann Emerson's vacant congressional seat," Aycock wrote in a release Thursday.

"After careful, painstaking consideration and discussing the matter with my wife and family, I have decided not to seek the Democratic nomination at this time. You can rest assured that I will be on the ballot in some capacity in the future, but right now the timing is not right for me and my family," he said

Left in the running are Todd Mahn, who owns two funeral homes in De Soto, Mo., and ran briefly for the Congressional seat last year, and state Rep. Linda Black, who represents the 117th House district that covers St. Francois County.

The Democrat committee will meet Sunday in Poplar Bluff, Mo., to nominate a candidate, who will run in a special election set for June 4 to fill the vacancy left by former U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson. Emerson resigned earlier this week to prepare for a new position as president and CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

Black and Mahn have said they plan to attend Sunday's meeting.

Aycock, a major donor to Democratic campaigns for statewide offices, is well-known in the agriculture industry He was endorsed by Cape Girardeau County Democrats at a meeting Tuesday.

Republicans and Libertarians also will nominate candidates at upcoming committee meetings.

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