Jackson County leader chooses family over running for statewide office

Thursday, October 6, 2011 | 11:46 a.m. CDT; updated 12:59 p.m. CDT, Thursday, October 6, 2011

KANSAS CITY — Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders will not run for Missouri secretary of state nor seek statewide office.

A spokesman for Sanders said last week that he was considering a bid for secretary of state after Robin Carnahan announced that she would not seek a third term.

The Kansas City Star reported Thursday that Sanders, a Democrat, decided not to run after watching his son's soccer game. His son scored a goal during the game and then gave him a hug. Sanders' sons are 5 and 8 years old, and he said he does not want to be a stranger in his own house.

Democratic House member Jason Kander said he was running for secretary of state minutes after Carnahan's announcement. Republican state Sens. Scott Rupp and Bill Stouffer also are running.

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