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Democratic lawmaker plans Missouri auditor campaign

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 | 7:38 a.m. CDT; updated 9:07 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, September 17, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri House member plans to seek the Democratic nomination for state auditor next year.

Jay Swearingen, a two-term House member from Kansas City, said he'll make an official campaign announcement in October.

Swearingen is a vice president of the Missouri Credit Union Association. He was first elected to the legislature in 2010 and serves on committees dealing with tax policy, professional registration, financial institutions and economic development.

Republican Auditor Tom Schweich is completing his first term. He defeated Democratic incumbent Susan Montee in 2010.

State campaign finance reports show Schweich had about $294,000 on hand at the end of June. Swearingen had more than $11,000.

The auditor's office will be the only statewide position on Missouri's November 2014 ballot. Filing officially begins in February.


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