Springfield physician and school board member Michael Hoeman will formally announce his candidacy for State Senate Monday, setting up a likely general election battle with Republican Rep. Bob Dixon.
District #30 incumbent Norma Champion is vacating her seat in 2010 due to term limits.
Hoeman, a Democrat, plans his announcement for 11:30 a.m. in the Frisco Room of the Library Station on 2535 North Kansas Expressway.
In a statement, Hoeman said "quality health care and a quality education are critical to the future success of the Springfield area and Missouri. These topics, along with working to secure a brighter economic future for Missourians were key motivators in making this decision to announce my candidacy."
By most accounts, Hoeman was not the Democratic Party's first choice to run for the open seat. The party had hoped to recruit State Rep. Sara Lampe. After Lampe signaled she was eyeing a future statewide candidacy, the party courted former Greene County Library Director Annie Busch. When Busch decided against a run by early summer, Democratic leaders turned to Hoeman.
Hoeman first told The Notebook he was seriously considering a candidacy on June 24th.