I’m losing track of how often former State Representative Mark Venner is in and out of the US Senate Race.
First he was exploring.
And now, once again, and definitively we hope, Former State Rep. Mark Venner is announcing that he is out of the US Senate Race. According to Tony Mangan at Today’s KCCR News:
Last month, Venner had said he would make a final decision between Thanksgiving and Christmas. At the time, Venner said he was still leaning towards running.
But Venner, who farms north of Pierre, says the recent death of his father, Eugene, has changed “the landscape” for him. While a campaign is still something he wants to do, Venner admits that given his family and farming responsibilities, this is not the right time.
Venner served 12 years as a Hughes County Commissioner and served two years in the state House before losing the 2012 primary in his re-election bid. Venner says he has thought about running for the Legislature in 2014, but says he is not ready to make such a decision.
I can understand and sympathize with his reasons for not running this time.
But, it is also interesting that he’s looking at jumping back into politics at the same time he’s saying no to a US Senate race.