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Brown pulls out
of clerk's race

He'll run for state representative

by Ivan Foley
Landmark editor

Jason Brown has withdrawn his name as a candidate for Platte County Clerk. Brown, a Platte City Republican, appeared at the Platte County Board of Elections office on Friday morning to have his name removed from the ballot.

Instead, Brown has said he will seek the office of state representative for the 30th District, a post currently held by Democrat Meg Harding of Kansas City.

The 30th District is comprised of all of Platte County except for a portion of the northwest corner and a portion of the southeast corner. Communities included in the 30th District include Platte City, Dearborn, Edgerton, Camden Point, Weatherby Lake, Tracy, Farley, and portions of Kansas City in Platte County.

Brown's withdrawal comes as good news for fellow Republican Lee Pedego, who is now the GOP's only candidate for county clerk. Brown and Pedego had been slated to go head-to-head in a primary race for the GOP nomination.

"I was happy to hear it," Pedego said. "I think he'll make a strong candidate for state representative," he said of Brown.

Sandy Krohne, Democrat, is the incumbent county clerk.

"I was surprised. However, I was planning on working hard on day one until the end no matter how many opponents I had," Krohne said this week.

Brown is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University where he earned a bachelor of science degree in government. He later earned a master of public administration degree from Drake University in 1994. Currently he owns Brown Dog Fence and Construction.

Previous management experience for Brown includes serving as public works director for Platte City, where he was responsible for budgeting, personnel matters, capital improvement programs and daily operations of the department.

He serves as an executive board member for the Mid America Regional Council's solid waste management district council.

Brown currently is a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve and is a qualified anti-terrorism instructor. He served in Bosnia and other theaters of operation, including drug interdiction, earning numerous awards and decorations.

He is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4055. He and his wife, Rachelle, have two children, Alayna, 3, and Caleb, four months. They are members of the First Christian Church of Platte City, where they serve as deacons.

"I've served our country through the military and now I want to serve through the state legislature," Brown said. "I'm looking forward to meeting as many of the residents of the 30th District as possible and discussing the issues affecting them."

The compete list of candidates or county office thus far looks like this:

PRESIDING COMMISSIONER: Incumbent Betty Knight of Platte City (R) and Curt Cook (D) of Camden Point.

CIRCUIT COURT CLERK: Incumbent Sandra Dowd (D) of Weston and Linda Darby (R) of Platte City.

COUNTY CLERK: Incumbent Sandy Krohne (D) of Weston and C.L. (Lee) Pedego (R) of Pakville.

PROSECUTING ATTORNEY: Tammy J. Glick (D) of Platte City and Eric Zahnd (R) of Platte Woods.

RECORDER OF DEEDS: Incumbent Ida Cox (D) of Platte City.

COUNTY COLLECTOR: Incumbent Donna Nash (R) of Dearborn.

COUNTY AUDITOR: Incumbent Sandra Thomas (R) of Kansas City.
The filing deadline for candidates is March 26.