State Rep. Joann Flower has postponed personal campaign appearences indefinitely due to a family emergency.
Flower, a Republican, is seeking election to a third term in the Legislature. She represents the 47th district, which includes most of Jefferson County and a northeast section of Douglas County.
"She is not ending her campaign," Glen Hanson, communications director, said in a telephone interview today. "She's just postponing her appearences. She wanted people to know why she wasn't out campaigning."
Hanson said her absence reduces her chances of doing as much door-to-door campaigning as she usually does.
"She has some new territory in Eudora, but she won't be there as much as she'd like to be there," he said.
Flower's father, Farris McClung, 93, a retired Hugoton pharmacist, is in serious condition at hospital in Longmont, Colo.
"She said yesterday that he's getting weaker and weaker," Hanson said. "She doesn't expect him to recover."
Flower said in an official statement that her father has recognized her and that they have been able to talk to each other.
Flower's opponent in the race is Kaye Messer, a Democrat from Meridian.