Missouri Representative Wayne Wallingford has announced his candidacy for the Missouri Senate.
Wallingford announced his decision to represent the revised 3rd Senate District on Monday. The Southeast Missouri reports that about 60 people attended the announcement. The vacant seat covers Cape Girardeau, Perry, St. Francois and Ste. Genevieve counties.
The 65-year-old Republican was first elected to the current 158th House District in 2010. His decision Monday sets up a three-way Republican Aug. 7 primary, where he'll go up against former Perryville representative Pat Naeger and Farmington businessman Gary Romine.