Knoxville — Jon Michael Van Wyk reports that he has withdrawn his candidacy for the June 3 House District 28 Republican primary to focus on a run in 2016.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