The director of Missouri's Department of Economic Development is stepping down at the end of the year.
In a news release Tuesday from Gov. Jay Nixon, department director David Kerr cited a desire to spend more time with his family after working for 35 years in the public and private sectors. Nixon said he would move quickly to select a new director.
St. Louis businessman Dave Spence says he is entering the Republican race for Missouri governor.
Spence declared his candidacy Tuesday in an interview with The Associated Press. He becomes the first prominent Republican to officially launch a challenge to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon in the 2012 elections.
Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder also is expected to announce his candidacy for governor soon. That would set up a Republican primary next August.
The Savannah Republican announced his candidacy for the state's No. 2 executive on Monday, just days after Republican House Speaker Steven Tilley announced he was dropping out of the lieutenant governor's race.
A political observer says Republicans in Missouri may have already blown their chances to win state-level statewide offices next year.
The Secretary of State’s race is the only one with any major GOP contenders (State Senators Scott Rupp and Bill Stouffer, and House Speaker Pro-tem Shane Schoeller), following Steven Tilley’s departure from the Lt. Governor’s race. Current Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R) still hasn’t announced whether he’s running for governor.
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The only major Republican contender in the Missouri Lt. Governor’s race has dropped out.
Steven Tilley of Perryville made the surprise announcement today (Thursday) to fellow House Republicans and to the media. He says he made the decision after realizing that he wants to be a normal person again.
“It wasn’t in my heart to do it, I just didn’t have the fire in the belly," Tilley said. "I started out because I wanted to do it, but I’ve sacrificed a lot to myself financially and to my family, and I’m comfortable…it’s a load off my shoulders and I’m excited to move into a new chapter.”
A Missouri House committee has wrapped up a series of hearings on improving 911 communications systems used by emergency responders. Supporters of proposed upgrades admit, though, that they have a hard case to sell to both politicians and the public.
Lawmakers and local-level officials at today's meeting stressed the need to use 911 systems that can integrate text messaging and even video communications. “Doc” Kritzer is a county commissioner from Callaway County.