Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, the Republican who represents Missouri's 3rd Congressional District, recently filed for re-election — officially bringing the incumbent into a primary race with several other competitors.
Luetkemeyer's campaign made the announcement Friday night, and the Missouri Secretary of State's online filing information shows Luetkemeyer, of St. Elizabeth, filed Friday morning.
Luetkemeyer is currently serving his sixth term representing the 3rd 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.
His campaign's announcement of his re-election filing railed against Democrats — specifically presidential candidates, the House speaker and others in Congress — spoke about being "a fierce advocate for President (Donald) Trump's America First agenda," and claimed successes for Missouri farmers, families, and job creators through taking on Chinese trade practices and illegal immigration.
The campaign also noted Luetkemeyer "will mount an aggressive campaign focused on taking back the House and sustaining the President's booming economy and record employment."
Luetkemeyer's campaign said he has raised more than $2.5 million to that end.
The Federal Election Commission showed Luetkemeyer had received more than $1.1 million between Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2019.
Two other Republicans filed last month for the August primary race for Luetkemeyer's seat: Brandon Wilkinson, of Cedar Hill; and Adela Wisdom, of Williamsburg.
Megan Rezabek, of Imperial, and Dennis Oglesby, of Warrenton, filed as Democrats.
The Jefferson Democratic Club of Cole County plans to host a town hall for Oglesby next week — "for voters to meet (Oglesby), ask him questions, and get involved with his campaign," according to the event's Facebook page — with dinner and the program for the event to start at 6 p.m. March 19 at Bones in the Alley, 210 Commercial Way in Jefferson City. The optional buffet dinner costs $13.
Leonard J. Steinman II, of Jefferson City, filed as a Libertarian for Luetkemeyer's seat. Steinman has previously challenged Luetkemeyer in the Republican primary, and he also filed for today's presidential primary as a Democrat.