JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) – Election 2016 in Missouri is already seeing a slew of candidates as two Republican lawmakers have formally announce plans to run for attorney general.
State Senator Kurt Schaefer, (MO) – District 19, made the announcement on KMOX’s Mark Reardon Show Wednesday.
“I’ve come to the conclusion that the appropriate thing for me to do is to run for Attorney General in the state of Missouri,” Schaefer said.
He’ll be seeking the Republican Party nomination. Schaefer told KMOX one of the issues in his campaign will be to get the state to better protect citizens from what he called, big data collection.
He referred to the recent controversy with the Department of Revenue that collected and shared personal information with the feds.
Schaefer’s opponent, House Speaker Tim Jones, said bring it on.
“My credentials speak for themselves and I really haven’t given much more thought to it than that,” Jones said, “I hope Kurt does a great job on the budget and continues to represent the people of Columbia as well as he’s done in the past.”
Jones says his focus has not switched from the Missouri House to his campaign quite yet.