Behind the Headlines: Jason Kander's decision to drop out of mayoral race | St. Louis Public Radio

Behind the Headlines: Jason Kander's decision to drop out of mayoral race

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This interview will be on St. Louis on the Air at noon Friday. This story will be updated after the show. You can listen live.

On Friday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh will go behind the headlines with St. Louis Public Radio political reporter Jo Mannies to discuss Jason Kander’s announcement earlier this week that he is ending his mayoral campaign in Kansas City, Missouri.

The rising Democratic political star and former Missouri secretary of state cited a struggle with depression and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in his announcement.

“I finally went to the VA in Kansas City yesterday and have started the process to get help there regularly,” Kander, an Army veteran, wrote. “To allow me to concentrate on my mental health, I’ve decided that I will not be running for mayor of Kansas City.”

Retired Army Lt. Col. Jim Craig, who directs the University of Missouri-St. Louis’ Veteran Studies program, will also join Marsh and Mannies for the conversation.

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The phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Veterans and servicemembers seeking help are encouraged to press 1 after dialing.

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