Politics & Government

October 19, 2012

Senate candidate Dave Thomas bows out of race, supports O’Donnell

Dave Thomas, the Libertarian candidate in the District 25 state Senate race, said this afternoon that he’s suspending his campaign.

Dave Thomas, the Libertarian candidate in the District 25 state Senate race, said this afternoon that he’s suspending his campaign.

Thomas, a salesman, said he began his candidacy before current Republican candidate Michael O’Donnell as the only fiscal conservative in the race. His decision leaves O’Donnell and Democrat Timothy Snow in the campaign.

“When I originally got in the race, there was just Jean Schodorf and two Democrats,” Thomas said. “Michael wasn’t in, so I was nominated as the only fiscal conservative.

“But with him winning the primary, it’s common knowledge that he’s a friend of mine. Quite frankly, there is not a big substantive difference in our views. I’d hate to think my candidacy would get in the way of getting a true fiscal conservative in the office.”

O’Donnell, currently the 4th District representative on the Wichita City Council, defeated Schodorf in the August Republican primary.

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