Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder’s decision to run for Governor following Governor Matt Blunt’s surprise announcement that he will not seek re-election means the Republicans will be looking for candidates to run for Lieutenant Governor. Enter former State Representative Jack Jackson (R-Wildwood).
Jackson, a military veteran, says some of the most important duties of the Lieutenant Governor’s office are also some of his most passionate interests. Jackson says he is a leader on veterans’ issues, a lead advocate for senior citizens, and is working for Missourians as a guide to help them find state services to make their family lives better. He says he is the most qualified in the state to take on these and all the responsibilities of Lieutenant Governor.
Jackson says he received a phone call from Kinder several hours after Blunt’s announcement. He says Kinder outlined his plans to run for Governor and suggested Jackson might run for Lieutenant Governor. Jackson says after consulting with his wife and other people he decided to toss his hat into the ring. Jackson ran unsuccessfully for Auditor in 2006, losing the GOP nomination in a five member race.