Hanaway Makes It Official, In for Guv in 2016
February 10, 2014

Former Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway formally entered the GOP nomination battle for Missouri Governor in 2016.
Hanaway showed her interest in making the race over the weekend.
She followed it up with a formal announcement Monday.
She blames the likely Democratic nominee, Attorney General Chris Koster and President Obama for hurting Missouri’s economy, healthcare, and “for some of our communities, a broken educational system.”
Missouri’s Republican State Auditor Tom Schwiech may also consider the Governir’s office in 2016.
In her statement, however, Hanaway concentrated on the Democrat Koster.
“We can no longer sit idly by as the de-facto Democrat nominee continues to raise money and build his organization. I am starting now so that we can build the largest and best grassroots campaign in Missouri history,” according to Hanaway’s statement.

The full text is here:
“After serious consideration, discussion and prayer with my family, I am excited to announce that I will be a candidate for Governor in 2016.

Missourians will face a stark choice in 2016. The polices of Barack Obama and Chris Koster have resulted in less economic activity, less control over our healthcare and, for some of our communities, a broken educational system.

I want to lead Missouri in a different direction. I believe we can do better as a state. We can attract better jobs, we can improve the education for our children and we should have a government that respects our freedom as individuals.

We can no longer sit idly by as the de-facto Democrat nominee continues to raise money and build his organization. I am starting now so that we can build the largest and best grassroots campaign in Missouri history.

I am proud of the work we did when I was the Speaker of the House. We overrode the Governor on laws protecting life and our second amendment. We started Missouri on a new course.

Since I last sought elective office, I’ve spent the last 10 years like most Missourians, raising a family and working to make a living. Time spent working in the private sector, going to kids’ ball games and talking to people raising their families, has only increased my worry that Missouri kids will not have the same opportunities as their parents.

Missouri has an opportunity to once again meet our challenges and create a better day for all Missourians. To do that we need a Governor who is not afraid to lead.”

Catherine grew up in rural Nebraska and Iowa, before moving to Missouri to begin her professional career. Hanaway was first elected to the Missouri House in 1998. She led Republicans to their first legislative majority in 48 years in the 2002 election. She was elected the first female Speaker of the House in 2003. She served as the US Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri from 2005 to 2009.

She is currently in private practice with Husch Blackwell LLP in St. Louis where she lives with her husband Christopher, daughter Lucy and son Jack.

Koster Has $400K and New Ride for 2016 Run for Guv
April 16, 2013

Koster Chris(AP) — Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has more than $400,000 in the bank – and a newly purchased sports utility vehicle in the parking lot – as he makes plans for a 2016 gubernatorial race.
A quarterly finance report filed Monday by Koster’s campaign shows that the Democratic attorney general had $419,348 in his account as of the end of March. The filing was the first since Koster confirmed last week that he is “making the necessary preparations” to run for governor.
Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon is barred by Missouri law from seeking a third term. So far, no Republicans have publicly expressed an interest in the 2016 gubernatorial race.
Koster’s finance report shows that he raised more than $374,000 from Dec. 2 through March 31 and spent or contributed less than $98,000 during that period. More than half of that money – $50,553 – was paid to Ally Financial Inc. in Louisville, Ky., for the purchase of a vehicle.
Koster campaign spokeswoman Rachel Levine said the campaign bought a 2011 black Chevrolet Suburban with a little over 20,000 miles on it.

Koster Confirms the Fact, Making Preps to Run for Governor in 2016
April 10, 2013

(AP)– Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says he is making preparations to run for governor in 2016.

Koster, a Democrat, has served as attorney general since 2009 and previously was a state senator and local prosecutor. He has the potential to move up because Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon is prohibited by term limits from again seeking re-election.

Asked on Tuesday whether he will run for governor in 2016, Koster replied: “We are making the necessary preparations and building consensus around the state toward that end.”

Koster’s statement came a day after the campaign manager for Democratic State Treasurer Clint Zweifel said Zweifel will not run for governor in 2016. He cited Zweifel’s desire to spend time with his teenage daughters and avoid a contentious primary.

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Zweifel Makes It Official, No Guv Run in 2016
April 9, 2013

(AP) — Missouri Treasurer Clint Zweifel is ruling out a run for governor in 2016.

Zweifel, a Democrat, is prohibited by term limits from seeking a third term as treasurer. He had been mentioned along with Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster as a potential successor to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.

But Zweifel campaign manager Mike Pridmore said Monday that Zweifel will not run for governor in 2016. He cited Zweifel’s desire to spend time with his teenage daughters as the primary reason to forgo a gubernatorial campaign.

Pridmore said Zweifel also wanted to avoid a potentially divisive party primary.

Missouri Times: Zweifel Won’t Go For Guv in 2016
April 5, 2013

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Missouri Times:
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — State Treasurer Clint Zweifel is expected to announce Monday that he will not seek the Democratic nomination for governor in 2016 — effectively clearing the field of a major road block for Attorney General Chris Koster’s likely candidacy.

Zweifel, a former Teamster, apparently announced his intention during a meeting with Attorney General Chris Koster. After the meeting he informed U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill while she was in mid-Missouri earlier this week, according to four Democratic sources with knowledge of the negotiations.