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story.lead_photo.caption As first lady Teresa Parson, right, looks on, Gov. Mike Parson retrieves his drivers license to show Adam Trowbridge, seated at left, and Darcie Rehagen, as he files the proper paperwork to run for his current political seat. Trowbridge and Rehagen work for the Secretary of State's office. Photo by Julie Smith / News Tribune.

On the first day of the filing period for statewide elected offices, state representatives and senators, Congress, and circuit judges, 349 people made their candidacies for the August primary race official.

Filing information posted Tuesday by the Missouri Secretary of State's Office showed while the November general election races for Missouri statewide elected offices — governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state treasurer and attorney general — will likely be competitive between Republicans and Democrats, that's so far only true for some local state representative races.

The last day to file as a candidate for the August primary, including for any of the following positions, is March 31. Candidate filing is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Candidates who filed on the first day will appear on the ballot in an order determined by drawing a random number. Candidates who file after the first day are placed on the ballot in the order they file.

More information on filing is available at sos.mo.gov/elections/candidates.

 

Governor

Three months before facing any Democrat on the ballot in November, incumbent Gov. Mike Parson will officially face at least two other fellow Republican challengers in the August party primary: Rep. James W. "Jim" Neely, of Cameron; and Raleigh Ritter, a Seneca business owner.

Parson became governor after former-Gov. Eric Greitens resigned in June 2018, amid criminal and legislative investigations into Greitens' alleged actions.

Despite speculation to the contrary, Greitens did not file to run again for governor, at least as of the close of business Tuesday.

Three Democrats filed Tuesday for their party's August primary for governor: State Auditor Nicole Galloway; and Jimmie Matthews and Antoin Johnson, both of St. Louis.

Cole County resident Rik Combs filed as a Libertarian candidate for governor.

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Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, right, greets State Auditor Nicole Galloway as she proceeds to file the necessary paperwork Tuesday to officially run for governor as a Democrat. She was joined by her husband, Jon Galloway, in background, and her son, Joseph, 3, for the formalities and the news conference that followed.
Photo by Julie Smith/News Tribune.

 

Lieutenant Governor

Incumbent Republican Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe will face fellow Republican Arnie C. AC Dienoff, who listed an O'Fallon post office box with his filing.

Kehoe was appointed by Parson to the position after Parson's succession to fill the gubernatorial vacancy left by Greitens.

Gregory A. Upchurch, of St. Charles, filed Tuesday as a Democrat.

Bill Slantz, of St. Charles, filed as a Libertarian.

 

Secretary of State

Incumbent John R. "Jay" Ashcroft is the only Republican who filed Tuesday. Ashcroft was elected in 2016.

Yinka Faleti, a St. Louis lawyer, filed as a Democrat.

 

State Treasurer

Incumbent Scott Fitzpatrick filed as a Republican. Fitzpatrick was a state representative who was appointed by Parson to fill the vacancy in the treasurer's post left when Parson named then-Treasurer Eric Schmitt to be the state's attorney general.

Vicki L. Englund, of St. Louis, filed as a Democrat.

 

Attorney General

Incumbent Eric Schmitt filed as a Republican. Schmitt was appointed by Parson to fill the vacancy in the office left when former Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley resigned to become one of the state's U.S. Senators following his win in the November 2018 election.

Rich Finneran and Elad Gross, both of St. Louis — Finneran listed a St. Louis post office box — filed as Democrats.

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3rd Congressional District

Incumbent Republican Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, of St. Elizabeth, had not yet filed, at least as of the close of business Tuesday.

Luetkemeyer is currently serving his sixth term representing the district, which represents Cole, Callaway, Maries, Miller, Osage, Gasconade, Franklin, Montgomery, Warren and Lincoln counties, as well as parts of Camden and St. Charles counties.

Two other Republicans filed Tuesday: Brandon Wilkinson, of Cedar Hill; and Adela Wisdom, of Williamsburg.

Megan Rezabek, of Imperial, and Dennis Oglesby, of Warrenton, filed as Democrats.

Leonard J. Steinman II, of Jefferson City, filed as a Libertarian. Steinman has previously challenged Luetkemeyer in the Republican primary, and he has also filed for the March presidential primary as a Democrat.

 

State Representative District 49

Incumbent Republican Travis Fitzwater, of Holts Summit, is the only person listed as having filed Tuesday.

Fitzwater was first elected in 2014.

The district represents parts of Callaway and Cole counties, including Holts Summit, Fulton, New Bloomfield and neighborhoods northwest of Jefferson City along Scott Station and Schumate Chapel roads.

 

State Representative District 50

Incumbent Republican Sara Walsh, of Ashland, filed, as did Democrat Kari L. Chesney, of Columbia.

Walsh was first elected in a special election in 2017 and won election again in 2018.

The district represents parts of Boone, Cole, Cooper and Moniteau counties, including Ashland, California, Hartsburg, Jamestown and Prairie Home.

 

State Representative District 58

Only Republicans filed: Willard Haley, of Eldon; and Timothy T. Faber, of Laurie.

The district represents Morgan and parts of Moniteau and Miller counties, including Eldon and Tipton.

Rep. David Wood, R-Versailles, currently holds the seat, but he is term-limited.

 

State Representative District 59

Incumbent Republican Rudy Veit, of Wardsville, is the only person listed to have filed Tuesday.

Veit was elected in 2018, and he represents parts of Cole and Miller counties, including Wardsville, St. Martins, Centertown, Taos, Russellville, Lohman and Eugene.

 

State Representative District 60

Incumbent Republican Dave Griffith, of Jefferson City, is the only person listed to have filed Tuesday.

Griffith was elected in 2018 and represents Jefferson City.

 

State Representative District 124

Only Republicans filed: Lisa Thomas, who listed a Lake Ozark post office box; Bernie Mowinski, of Sunrise Beach; Duell Wayne Lauderdale, who listed a Lake Ozark post office box; and Benny Earl Thomas, of Four Seasons.

The district represents parts of Miller and Camden counties, including Osage Beach and Tuscumbia.

Rep. Rocky Miller, R-Lake Ozark, currently holds the seat, but he is term-limited.

A full list of filings for other positions and areas of the state is also available at s1.sos.mo.gov/candidatesonweb/DisplayCandidatesPlacement.aspx?ElectionCode=750004975.

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