BLUE SPRINGS — State Sen. Bill Stouffer has formally launched his challenge against longtime western Missouri Congressman Ike Skelton.
Stouffer, a Republican and farmer from Napton, announced his candidacy Wednesday in Blue Springs. He planned events later Wednesday in Marshfield and Thursday in Jefferson City.
Skelton, a Democrat from Lexington, has served in Congress since 1977 and is chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.
Skelton has been known as a conservative through most of his career, but Stouffer says Skelton recently has become more liberal and increasingly voted with Democratic House leaders.
Two other Republicans already are in the race, former state House member Vicky Hartzler, of Harrisonville, and former Jefferson City councilman Roy Viessman.