JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri's lieutenant governor's race may soon get more crowded.
State Sen. Luann Ridgeway and former state Rep. Judy Baker both said Monday that they are likely to run for lieutenant governor. Ridgeway is a Republican from Smithville. Baker is a Democrat from Columbia who recently resigned as the regional director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Ridgeway would be joining a Republican field that already includes incumbent Peter Kinder, state Sen. Brad Lager and attorney Mike Carter, who ran four years ago as a Democrat.
Two other Democrats already are in the race — former state Auditor Susan Montee and state conservation commissioner Becky Plattner.
Candidacy filing for Missouri's Aug. 7 primaries officially begins at the end of next month.