Gov. Jay Nixon made a return appearance Thursday to the State Fair’s annual ham breakfast, after pulling out of last year’s event due to the unrest in Ferguson.
During the ham breakfast, Nixon delivered a short speech touting his administration’s contributions to Missouri agriculture, including recent and past trade missions to Cuba, western Canada, Europe, Taiwan and China. He told reporters at the fair that progress has been made in advancing social justice in Ferguson one year after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by former police officer Darren Wilson.
Several would-be successors to Jay Nixon were there, including fellow Democrat Chris Koster and Republicans Peter Kinder, Bob Dixon, Catherine Hanaway, John Brunner and Randy Asbury. Koster and Brunner have not officially announced their bids for governor. Republican Eric Greitens, who’s also expected to enter the governor’s race, was the only potential candidate who did not attend the Governor’s Ham Breakfast.
Secretary of State Jason Kander, a Democrat set to challenge U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, was also in attendance, along with state senator Kurt Schaefer, a Columbia Republican running for Attorney General. Schaefer’s only declared opponent, University of Missouri Law Professor Josh Hawley, was not.