JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Rep. Myron Neth, R-Liberty, told The Missouri Times that he will not be seeking a third term, opening up a poachable seat for House Democrats hoping to chip away at the Republican super majority.
Neth’s district — which is heavy with union membership — has been challenging for Republicans to keep, and has relied largely on the vote of conservative democrats to maintain Neth’s hold on the office. Neth said there were several reasons he would not seek re-election.
One of his daughters is about to start college, placing an increased financial burden on a small campaign. Neth also said he was hoping to spend more time with his family, and that he wouldn’t rule out returning to the legislature at some point in the future.
Neth’s district, which includes the Claycomo Ford Assembly Plant, was considered one of the most vulnerable seats held by the Republican veto-proof majority if Right-to-Work legislation made it on the ballot.
“I’ve loved serving my district and my constituents,” Neth said. “But running again just isn’t the best move for me or my family right now, so I’ll step aside and hope that my experience can be put to use in other work.”
Neth has no official plans after he completes his time in office, other than to say he would pursue a career in the private sector. Neth plans on releasing an official statement from his office later today. As of today, candidates from both parties have filed for the seat.