Brad Choat (Twitter: @choatsnews)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A retired Navy SEAL from St. Louis says he’s on a mission for the Republican Party nomination in the Missouri governor’s race.

Eric Greitens announced his candidacy, Saturday at Westport Plaza, saying he’s no career politician and he’s a no-nonsense guy, “If we meet their false promises with our proven solutions, we will win. And if we meet their corruption with our courage, we will win.”

The 1992 Parkway North High School graduate is founder of “The Mission Continues” agency that helps returning war veterans find careers.

Greitens told supporters he believes in the Constitution, free enterprise, school choice, and shrinking government.

But, it was the fight against corruption in politics that made him raise his voice the loudest, delivering a stern warning for those who’d dare to break the public’s trust under his watch as governor, “I will defeat you. I will expose your lies. I will root out your corruption. I will see you out of the people’s capitol, even if in sight of the statue of Thomas Jefferson I have to throw you down the steps of the capitol myself.”

Greitens went on to say he’ll push for strong, robust ethics reform in Jefferson City, “I will demand that we ban all gifts from lobbyists, close the revolving door between legisators and special interests, and demand term limits for every statewide officeholder.”

Other Republicans running for governor in 2016 include Peter Kinder, Catherine Hanaway, and likely John Brunner.

Chris Koster is running on the Democratic side.

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