Republican Mike Zweifel withdraws from 47th District House race

Thursday, June 28, 2012 | 10:25 a.m. CDT; updated 1:53 p.m. CDT, Thursday, June 28, 2012

COLUMBIA — The Republican candidate for District 47 of Missouri's House of Representatives has withdrawn from the race a week after being chosen for the spot. 

Mike Zweifel, who currently works in the marketing department of MU Student and Auxiliary Services, cited family financial concerns in an email to members of Boone County's Republican party. 

"At this time, it really comes down to either being a candidate or supporting my family, and my family is most important," Zweifel said in the email. "I cannot in good conscience have my family go into thousands of dollars into debt while I campaign on the ideas of fiscal responsibility and stewardship at the state level."

The 47th District includes parts of western Boone County, eastern Howard County, northern Cooper County and southern Randolph County.

Zweifel was nominated for the position last Thursday after Columbia attorney Jennifer Bukowsky withdrew from the race less than 24 hours after her nomination. Bukowsky had been the intended replacement for the original Republican candidate, Darrel Hansen, who withdrew on June 6.

Boone County Republican Chair Bruce Cornett said he was trying to organize an event for Thursday night, but that nothing was established yet.

Cornett also said he had individuals in mind to nominate for the position but that he was not ready to announce their names. A new candidate must be approved by the committee and filed with the secretary of state's office by July 3.

With Zweifel's exit from the race, no Republicans remain on the ballot for the 47th District. Democrats Nancy Copenhaver and John Wright will face off during the August 7 primary for their party's nomination to the seat.

Supervising editor is Dan Burley.

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