Missouri Auditor Schweich Joins GOP Primary for Governor

Jan 29, 2015

Credit Photo courtesy of the Mo. Auditor's Office

  Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich says he is running for governor in 2016.

Schweich announced his candidacy Wednesday at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. It sets up the potential for a high-profile Republican primary against Catherine Hanaway, a former Missouri House speaker and U.S. attorney.

Schweich has been auditor since 2011 and was elected to another four-year term in November. He can run for governor without giving up his current job.

Democratic incumbent Governor Jay Nixon is prohibited by term limits from seeking re-election.

Hanaway declared her candidacy a year ago.

Attorney General Chris Koster is the only Democrat campaigning for governor.

Others could still join the race before the official candidacy filing period starts next year.