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Tom Pryor quits race for commissioner

by Alan McArthur
Landmark reporter

The Republican primary for Platte County’s First District Commissioner seat could be uncontested after a decision Thursday by incumbent Tom Pryor.

Pryor told The Landmark he is dropping out of the race for the Republican nomination against current Parkville Mayor Kathy Dusenbery. During a phone interview, Pryor said he has decided to drop out to focus more on his family and business. He is a real estate appraiser.

“I am putting my family and business first,” said Pryor. “There is only so much time in the day and as I step into the next phase of my campaign, I’ve found out the time is not there to do my campaign the way I’d like,” he added.

“My life stays pretty full,” said Pryor. “My campaign is taking more of my time and I’ll not have the time to do everything the best I’d like to.”

Pryor said Thursday afternoon that he planned drop out of the commission race before the Platte County Board of Elections office closed later that same day.

According to Wendy Flanigan, Platte County Board of Elections director, if a candidate drops out of a race their campaign funds can be donated to other campaigns, given to non-profit organizations, or given back to the donors.

Pryor said his treasurer is working on a plan to give his campaign donations back to the donors.

“At this point we’re working on a plan to give it back to the donors,” said Pryor. “I want to end up with a zero balance and close the account.”

A Democratic primary will still be held in August between William Quitmeier and Michelle Wilson. The deadline for filing for county offices is Tuesday, March 25.


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