Missouri representative Kander seeks to succeed Carnahan as secretary of state

Friday, September 30, 2011 | 4:21 p.m. CDT; updated 4:46 p.m. CDT, Friday, September 30, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — A Democratic Missouri lawmaker said he will run for secretary of state, seeking to replace Robin Carnahan, who has announced that she is not running for re-election.

State Rep. Jason Kander, D-Kansas City, said Friday he was entering the race. Kander's announcement came about a half-hour after Carnahan announced she would not seek a third term.

Kander, 30, is a lawyer and was first elected to the House in 2008. He also has served as a military intelligence officer in Afghanistan.

Republican state Sens. Scott Rupp, of Wentzville, and Bill Stouffer, of Napton, already had announced plans to run for secretary of state before Carnahan's announcement.


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