Van Meter out of BoE race
A member of the State Board of Education's conservative majority said Tuesday she would not seek re-election this fall.Kent Runyan is running as a Democrat, Jana Shaver is running as a Republican, and the Star reports that Brad Patzer is also running in the Republican primary, though I don't know anything about him. If he isn't a conservative, expect a serious conservative to step in.
Iris Van Meter, a Republican from Thayer, said in a statement she wanted "to spend more time enjoying my grandkids and helping my husband operate our orchard and market on the farm."
Van Meter was elected in 2002 in a stealth campaign in which she made few public appearances but defeated incumbent moderate Val DeFever of Independence.
It remains to be seen whether Van Meter's retirement will make it easier for a moderate to win. She managed to avoid a heavy campaign last time, and she may be stepping aside for a stronger campaigner this time.