(AP) Missouri Republican Gov. Mike Parson says he’s running to keep his seat.
Parson, who had long been expected to run for a full term, made it official on Sunday by announcing his candidacy near his cattle ranch in Bolivar.
Voters didn’t elect Parson governor. Instead, he was elected lieutenant governor in 2016 and then took over as the state’s top executive in 2018 after former GOP Gov. Eric Greitens resigned in the face of potential impeachment.
Parson’s understated and collegial approach to governing stands in stark contrast to Greitens’ unapologetic and brazen style, and political observers say that low-key approach could serve Parson well with voters.
Parson will face off against Auditor Nicole Galloway, who is the only Democrat and woman currently holding statewide office in Missouri.