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Missouri gubernatorial candidate Catherine Hanaway is resuming her campaign after taking a monthlong break because of the suicide of Republican rival Tom Schweich.

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It's barely 2014. Candidates haven't even officially begun filing for this year's elections. Yet Missouri's 2016 gubernatorial campaign is in full swing.

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 Former U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway says she is running for Missouri governor in 2016.

Hanaway's announcement Monday makes her the first Republican to enter the race. Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster has been building a gubernatorial campaign since last year.

The office will be open because Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon is barred by term limits from seeking re-election.

Hanaway is a former state lawmaker from St. Louis County who in 2003 became the first women to serve as Missouri House speaker after helping Republicans win a majority in the chamber.

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While statewide elections are still three years away, with the exception of auditor whose term ends in 2014, many candidates have already announced their intention to run.

Former Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway says she's considering running for Governor in 2016.