Democrat Ben Samuels Suspends MO-02 Congressional Campaign

“Over the past year, I have tried to bring people together: to demonstrate that we share more than we don’t and to show that collaboration and bipartisanship are still possible.”

Creve Coeur, MO—Today, Ben Samuels, Democratic candidate in Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District, announced that he is suspending his campaign. Samuels’ exit from the race comes amidst recently redrawn congressional maps designed by Missouri Republicans to protect incumbent Ann Wagner.

Samuels made the following statement about ending his campaign: “After months of dragging its feet, the Missouri General Assembly passed a new Congressional map with no regard for fairness or representativeness. Instead, they drew a map designed to give Ann Wagner a “more secure”
district and to draw me out of it. We believe this map violates Missouri’s Constitution; however, we’ve exhausted all of our legal options for now, and I have decided to withdraw from the race.

I jumped into this race almost a year ago because of a concern for where we are headed as a country. There’s too much extremism in our politics, too many people are willing to subvert democracy, and the people who are loudest get the most attention. Over the past year, I have tried to bring people
together: to demonstrate that we share more than we don’t, to show that collaboration and bipartisanship are still possible, and to talk to Republicans, Democrats, and independents alike.

The campaign may be coming to an end, but our work won’t. We must keep working to elect public servants who want to make people’s lives better; we must work to recruit younger and more diverse candidates; we must work to make it easier for good and decent people to run for office; and we will continue to use our platform to shine light on the fragility of democracy, and what we need to do to fix it.”