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Jason Brown won’t seek another term as Platte County presiding commissioner

03/01/2014 11:23 AM

03/01/2014 11:36 AM

Jason Brown, who’s served as Platte County presiding commissioner since 2010, announced Saturday that he won’t seek re-election this year.

Brown, a former four-term Republican state lawmaker and military veteran, said it’s time for him to spend more time with family.

“There is and always will be much more to life than just being elected,” he said in a statement.

Brown, 43, said he realized that he’d held public office since his daughter was 4 “and that my boys have never known anything but their dad in public office.

“As I have come to realize after missing a lot during the last 12 years, you only get time to be around for certain things once and then it's gone.”

Already two Republicans have announced their plans to seek the office: State Rep. Ron Schieber and Jim Plunkett, a former county commissioner.

In 2006, Brown was shot by a sniper while serving in Iraq with the Army Reserves.


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