The competition for the Republican nomination for Governor is now a three-way race, with former north-central Missouri state representative Randy Asbury having declared his candidacy.
Asbury is a former state representative, county commissioner, and is still the Executive Director of the Coalition to Protect the Missouri River.
He said he’s considered whether to run for governor for the better part of two years.
“We have prayed about it, thought about it, talked with folks about it, and ultimately came to the point in December where we decided to take the step to do it,” Asbury told Missourinet.”
Asbury said the governor’s office needs a leader that isn’t afraid of the political consequences of decisions.
“Right to work I believe is an example of where we need leadership to carry it forward. I applaud what the House did in passing right to work. I hope that the Senate does the same thing,” said Asbury. “If I was governor today and right-to-work landed on my desk, I’d pass it immediately, even if I was an individual that lived in a district where unions were relatively strong if not strong.”
Asbury lacks statewide name recognition compared to his opponents, but believes he can build upon that in the next 20 months.
“Our name is already beginning to move out through the state,” said Asbury. “I think once people have an opportunity to see what I stand for, to understand the convictions and principles that I bring to the table, that there will be an excitement for that because truly I believe that people are looking for the leaders that I’m looking for.”
Earlier story: Former state rep Asbury appears set to run for Missouri governor