Republican State Rep. T. Scott Muschany Drops Out Of Election



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State Rep. Scott Muschany (click for larger version)
May 23, 2008
State Rep. T. Scott Muschany, R.-87th District, on Tuesday withdrew his name from the ballot for reelection to a third term.

Muschany, a resident of Frontenac, has been a leader in the Republican House Caucus, serving as chairman of the Joint Committee on Education, chairman of the Joint Committee on Legislative Research and Oversight, and chairman of the House Special Committee on Student Achievement.

Muschany has probably been best known for his efforts to pass his Alternative Teacher Certification bill into law.

"I may have an opportunity to run for office again in several years, but I will never have another opportunity to raise Theodore and Hayes (his 12 and 5 year old sons)," Muschany said. "My wife and I prayed and thought hard about this for several months. In the end, we decided that to do the job right just takes too hard of a toll on a family, especially when you have young children."

Muschany plans to return to running the engineering consulting firm that he started 16 years ago.

On Wednesday, Republican John Diehl Jr. filed for the ballot position vacated by Muschany. Diehl, a partner with Armstrong-Teasdale LLP has most recently served as the chairman of the St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners and previously as president of the board of aldermen for the city of Town and Country.

Muschany withdrew after the filing period, so candidates in the 87th District now have until May 28 to file for the August primary. The 87th District includes Rock Hill, Warson Woods, Huntleigh, Ladue, Frontenac and parts of Webster Groves, Des Peres, Town and Country and Brentwood.

Running in the August primary on the Democratic side is Mark Zoole of Rock Hill. Zoole is an attorney and adjunct professor at Washington University School of Law.

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