Onder, a member of the Conservative Caucus, is in the final year of his term as state senator due to term limits. He is the chairman of the Health and Pensions Committee and vice-chairman of the Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the people of St. Charles County in the Missouri Senate. I hope that in the time I have spent serving my constituents in Jefferson City, I have always done what I said I was going to do when I was trusted with this important position,” Onder said in a statement.
Onder said St. Charles County needs “new leadership,” taking a shot at incumbent County Executive Steve Ehlmann in his announcement Monday evening. A Republican, Ehlmann was first elected to the seat in 2007 and has served in the General Assembly as well as worked as a circuit judge.
“We are the county to which people flee when the tyrants in St. Louis make a mess of things. As your state senator, I have fought hard against COVID tyranny,” Onder said. “I’m sorry to say that here in St. Charles County, we have our own COVID tyrant as current county executive, Steve Ehlmann, who has given us restaurant shutdowns, mask mandates, and deprived our children of over 350,000 days of school.”
— Dr. Bob Onder (@BobOnderMO) February 22, 2022
In a tweet, Rep. Tony Lovasco said, “The battle for smaller government must be fought at every level. Senator Oner has my full support.”
Filing opens on Tuesday, Feb. 22.
Kaitlyn Schallhorn was the editor in chief of The Missouri Times from 2020-2022. She joined the newspaper in early 2019 after working as a reporter for Fox News in New York City.
Throughout her career, Kaitlyn has covered political campaigns across the U.S., including the 2016 presidential election, and humanitarian aid efforts in Africa and the Middle East.
She is a native of Missouri who studied journalism at Winthrop University in South Carolina. She is also an alumna of the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C.
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