Politics
5:13 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Candidates flock to Jeff. City to file

Candidates for the Missouri General Assembly, for Governor and for other statewide offices can now file to run.  Hundreds flocked to Jefferson City today and lined up outside the doors of the Secretary of State’s office to file their paperwork.

Among those filing on the first day was Republican Peter Kinder, who’s seeking a third term as Lt. Governor.  Kinder had originally planned to challenge Democratic incumbent Jay Nixon for Governor, but changed his mind last fall.

“I determined after Mr. Spence got in and was spending 10 million dollars of his own money to start, with more to follow, that an expensive primary would make it impossible for us to knock off a sitting incumbent governor," Kinder said.  "I decided to get back in this race, and I’m comfortable there.”

The filing period closes March 27th, barring the passage of any legislation to extend it.