Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

March 19, 2014

Update: Van Wyk drops out of House race

Steve Woodhouse
Journal-Express

Knoxville — Jon Michael Van Wyk reports that he has withdrawn his candidacy for the June 3 House District 28 Republican primary to focus on a run in 2016. 

The Journal-Express contacted Van Wyk via email today to confirm a scheduled interview for tomorrow. Van Wyk relayed that he had posted a notice on his Facebook page that would render our interview moot.

Upon asking for more information, Van Wyk sent this:

"My notice of withdrawal was submitted to the SOS office today (the deadline).  I have reorganized for a 2016 campaign.  Two years of networking and fundraising will serve me well, especially after we have already moved the family to Sully.  We just have too much going on this summer to have a good door knocking ground game in a primary or general election this time around."

He also posted this on his election Facebook page:

Running for Iowa House District 28 has been a pleasure, not to mention a great learning experience this election cycle. Although I am within the letter of the law for my candidacy in HD28, I do not want my first run for office to be marred by questions and concerns of residency malfeasance. 
 
I want my candidacy to be above reproach so that the focus of the campaign can be on substantive issues relevant to Iowans. If I am going to assert that I will be a shrewd and tactical legislator, I must first demonstrate that I can be a shrewd and tactical candidate. 
 
As such, I have made the decision to withdrawal my name from the primary election on June 3rd, and amend the organization of my Candidate's Committee for the 2016 election cycle. I will continue to fundraise and network with those inside the Republican Party in order to come out strong in 2016.
 
In the mean time, my family will focus on our move from Clive to Sully, as well as expanding wine production at our winery in Sully. I want to thank those of you who have supported me thus far, and look forward to continuing our conversations as we look to 2016.
 
-Jon M. Van Wyk

Van Wyk's Facebook page also indicates that six people have objected to his candidacy, largely due to residency concerns. Van Wyk has said that he lives in Clive and plans to move in Sully, which is part of Houst District 28. 

The Secretary of State's Office has confirmed Van Wyk's withdrawal. This leaves Greg Heartsill as the sole Republican candidate in the race. Megan Suhr is seeking the Democratic nomination. Heartsill and Suhr were the House District 28 candidates in 2012.

We'll try to bring you more on this developing story.