One of the leading contenders for Missouri lieutenant governor has switched contests.

Dean Plocher, of Clayton, currently Speaker of the Missouri House, is now running for secretary of state. He filed to run in the Republican primary Tuesday, the final day candidates can file to run in the August primaries. His entry into the Secretary of State’s race comes just days after Caleb Rowden, Missouri Senate president Pro-tem, dropped out of the contest.

Plocher is believed to be the subject of an ethics complaint and personnel inquiry being investigated by the House Ethics Committee.

He faces several Republicans in the Secretary of State primary, including fellow House member Adam Schwadron of St. Charles, State Senator Denny Hoskins of Warrensburg, and Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller of Willard. Schoeller, former Speaker Pro-tem of the Missouri House, won the Republican nomination for Secretary of State in 2012 but lost to Democrat Jason Kander.

Plocher’s switch leaves just two well-known Republican running for Lt. Governor: State Senators Holly Thompson Rehder of Scott City and Lincoln Hough of Springfield.

Rep. Richard Brown, D-Kansas City, is also running for lieutenant governor.

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