The top lawmaker in the Missouri Senate is jumping into the Secretary of State’s race.

Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, made it official in an unusual way – he announced his candidacy through a large sign displayed Saturday during Mizzou’s homecoming parade in Columbia. He then posted a photo of the sign on his Twitter, or X, page.

Rowden serves as President Pro-Tem of the Missouri Senate and represents Boone County.

The Secretary of State’s race also includes fellow State Sen. Denny Hoskins, R-Warrensburg, State Rep. Adam Schwadron, R-St. Charles, former State Rep. and now Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller, R-Springfield.

Schoeller won the Republican nomination for Secretary of State in 2012, but was narrowly defeated by Democrat Jason Kander.

The Republican primary for Secretary of State also includes Valentina Gomez Noriega, 24, a St. Louis resident with a Master’s degree in Business Administration. She officially announced her candidacy in a press release on Friday. Jamie Kidd of Buckner, in the Kansas City area, is also listed as a Republican candidate for Secretary of State on the Missouri Ethics Commission’s website.

So far, there are no known Democratic contenders in the Secretary of State’s race.

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