Brunner Thinking About 2016 Governor’s Race

AP) — Former U.S. Senate candidate John Brunner said Friday that he is considering running for Missouri governor in 2016, which could lead to a multi-candidate Republican primary for what will be an open office.

Brunner told The Associated Press that he has received encouragement to run, but wants to wait to evaluate the gubernatorial race until after this year’s elections.

“I’m not saying no to the opportunity is the best way of putting it,” Brunner said.

“If there’s opportunities where people across Missouri can continue to speak their mind and have their be voice heard and they want to look for somebody with more experiences to solve the problems that we have here in Missouri than maybe the other two candidates, I’d be willing to be considered” for governor, he added.

Brunner’s comments came a few days after former U.S. attorney and Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway announced her Republican candidacy for governor. Republican Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich also may run for governor in 2016, but he first must face re-election this year.

Republicans are under pressure to organize a gubernatorial campaign because Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster has been preparing to run for governor for nearly a year.

The top executive office will be open because Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon is prohibited by term limits from seeking re-election.

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