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Democrat Sifton to run for Missouri Attorney General in 2016

Missouri Senate

  State Sen. Scott Sifton says he will seek the Democratic nomination for attorney general in 2016.

The announcement Monday by the suburban St. Louis senator makes him the first Democrat to declare his candidacy to succeed Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster. The incumbent is not seeking re-election because he is instead running for governor.

Republican state Sen. Kurt Schaefer, of Columbia, has already entered the attorney general's race.

Sifton is a lawyer and a former Affton School Board member who was elected to represent a south St. Louis County district in the Missouri House in 2010. He won election to the Senate in 2012.

Sifton says he would focus on consumer protection and the defense of criminal appeals, if elected as attorney general.

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