Republican Spence launches first ads in Missouri governor's race

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 | 12:27 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — Republican Dave Spence is casting himself as a "job creator" as he launches the first ads of Missouri's governor's race.

Spence, a businessman from St. Louis, is making his first run for public office while seeking to challenge Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon in this year's elections.

Spence has contributed $2 million of his own money toward his campaign. On Tuesday, he began spending some of that on TV and radio ads that his campaign manager said are airing statewide.

The ads make no mention of Nixon. Spence says in the commercials that career politicians don't know how to create jobs, but he does. Spence has led companies that make plastic bottles, including for pharmaceutical packaging.

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