Sunday, July 05, 2009

Schweich To Announce For Auditor Tuesday

Former U.S. ambassador Tom Schweich will formally announce his campaign for state auditor during a two-day statewide tour beginning Tuesday.

Schweich will kick off his campaign in St. Louis Tuesday, followed by stops in Columbia, Kansas City and Springfield.

In May, Schweich, with the backing of former U.S. Senator Jack Danforth, explored challenging Congressman Roy Blunt for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 2010. But last month, Schweich came to an agreement with party leaders to run for state auditor instead, after throwing his support behind Blunt's effort.

Schweich has a 10 a.m. news conference scheduled at the Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch on Tuesday. He's scheduled to be at the University Plaza in Springfield at 4:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, Schweich's tour continues with stops in Hannibal, Kirksville, St. Joseph, Joplin and Cape Girardeau.

Schweich's announcement sets up a GOP primary match-up against House Budget Chair Allen Icet, who launched his campaign just days after Schweich agreed to get out of the race against Blunt.

The winner will likely face Democratic incumbent Susan Montee.

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