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.
Candidates are facing a deadline to file reports with the Missouri Ethics Commission detailing fundraising during the past three months.
A longtime attorney in Gov. Jay Nixon's administration has been chosen as executive director of the Missouri Ethics Commission.
The commission announced Tuesday that James Klahr will begin serving as director Sept. 13.
The Missouri Ethics Commission enforces the state's campaign finance and lobbyist laws. Its director is limited to a six-year term.
Gov. Jay Nixon wants Missouri lawmakers to pass ethics legislation after the state Supreme Court rejected the most recent law because of how it was approved.
Wide-ranging ethics rules that were passed by Missouri lawmakers two years ago were tossed out Tuesday by the State Supreme Court.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has more than $5 million in his campaign account as he heads into the 2012 elections.