Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, a Republican who has flirted with the idea of running for governor in the past, said Sunday he is committed to pursuing the state government’s top job in 2016.
Kinder announced his candidacy in Dellwood, which neighbors Ferguson, the St. Louis suburb that was the center of unrest last year after the police shooting of black teenager Michael Brown. Kinder criticized Gov. Jay Nixon’s handling of Ferguson and made the unrest there a focus of his speech Sunday. “No more Fergusons,” he said. “Never again.”
Kinder, who has won election as lieutenant governor three times, joins three other candidates for the Republican nomination for governor. Former Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway of St. Louis County, state Sen. Mike Parson of Bolivar and former state Rep. Randy Asbury of Higbee have all declared their candidacy.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is the lone Democrat who has declared.