Lager reaffirms Republican bid for Mo. lt. gov.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — State Sen. Brad Lager says he is committed to running for Missouri’s lieutenant governor’s office — even if it means facing the incumbent, Peter Kinder, in a Republican primary.

Lager, of Savannah, had announced his candidacy for lieutenant governor last month when it appeared Kinder would be running for governor. A few days later, Kinder changed course and instead said he would seek re-election. That prompted Lager to re-evaluate his plans.

Lager told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he is staying in the lieutenant governor’s race because he believes voters want a change in the status quo. He says his campaign will focus on creating a smaller state government and stronger business climate.

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