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. He ran for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 2012 in a campaign he largely self-funded. He lost that bid to Todd Akin.
Brunner is promoting himself as a political outsider and successful businessman that will support job growth, ethics reform, and would enact “right-to-work.”
Brunner makes the fifth Republican candidate in the race to challenge Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster for governor in 2016. The others are former U.S. Attorney and Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway, Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder, Springfield state senator Bob Dixon, and former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens.
Brunner actually kicked off his campaign Sunday night in front of about 200 supporters in St. Louis.