Brunner declares run for governor, hopes to stand out

A fifth Republican has made official that he is seeking the Republican nomination for governor in 2015.

John Brunner is a former U.S. Marine and former CEO of the Vi-Jon Inc., a hand sanitizer maker.

Brunner, 63, joins a crowded Republican field for governor. It includes Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, state Sen. Bob Dixon, former House Speaker Catherine Hanaway and fellow businessman and former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens.

Brunner is promoting himself as a political outsider and successful businessman that will support job growth, ethics reform, and would enact “right-to-work.” His opponent Eric Greitens makes the same claims. Brunner, however, says he’s more focused on illustrating the differences between himself and the lone Democratic candidate, Attorney General Chris Koster, than the contrast between himself and the other GOP challengers.

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