JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In a surprise shake up of the state senate race in District 30, Republican candidate Caleb Arthur announced that he would withdraw from the race to replace the term-limited Sen. Bob Dixon.
In a release issued Tuesday morning, Arthur, the owner of a local solar systems company and former police officer, said he would not be seeking the seat, saying that he needed to put his family first.
“The past few months have been the experience of a lifetime. My business is expanding rapidly and is now the second fastest growing in the state. When I sensed a lack of leadership and direction in this critical Senate race, I felt compelled to step up and announce my candidacy. And now, my wife, Rachel, and I have learned we are expecting our fifth child,” Arthur said in a statement. “I promised my wife when I started my business and again when I launched my campaign that our family would always come first. We prayed about the challenges of running a demanding business, running a strong campaign, and being the father and husband I promised I would be.”
Arthur first entered the race roughly two months ago, promising to bring strong conservative leadership to the Capitol and be a Senator who will put the priorities of his constituents first. Now, as he pulls out of the race, Arthur is lending his support to another potential candidate.
“God answers prayers. As I step aside to support my family and my employees, I believe our community is blessed to have a strong conservative like Lincoln Hough step up and enter the 30th District Senate race,” Arthur said. “Lincoln Hough is a proven leader in our community and in Jefferson City. He is someone we can trust to put Springfield interests and Springfield values first. I am confident that Lincoln is the right person to lead our party to victory next November. I want to thank everyone who supported my campaign and I urge everyone to join me in supporting Lincoln Hough to be our next 30th District State Senator.”
Benjamin Peters is a reporter for the Missouri Times and Missouri Times Magazine, and also produces the #MoLeg Podcast. He joined the Missouri Times in 2016 after working as a sports editor and TV news producer in mid-Missouri. Benjamin is a graduate of Missouri State University in Springfield. To contact Benjamin, email firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @BenjaminDPeters.