Bev Randles, the Kansas City lawyer and former chair of the conservative Missouri Club for Growth, on Wednesday announced her campaign for lieutenant governor.
The announcement was not a surprise. Randles has been traveling the state and had formed an exploratory committee.
As things stand today, Randles could wind up in a GOP primary with three-term incumbent Peter Kinder in August 2016. Kinder has said he will seek a fourth term, although he’s also the subject of speculation that he might enter the GOP’s growing field for governor.
In a reference to Kinder, Randles said today she would limit herself to two terms in office.
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"My goal is to continue working on issues that will have a positive impact on the lives of all Missourians, which is why I am running to be Missouri’s next lieutenant governor,” she said in her video announcement.
“My belief is that every Missouri citizen should have the same opportunities to succeed that I have had, no matter what part of the state they are from, no matter what their economic circumstances are, and no matter the color of their skin...
“As your next lieutenant governor, I pledge to you to work every day to make that vision a reality for you and your family."
Randles is married to attorney Bill Randles, who sought the Republican nomination for governor in 2012. An African American, Randles is seeking to become the first black elected statewide.
She worked for several years at Shook, Hardy & Bacon. She and her husband now operate their own law firm.
Last year, she accepted a $1 million campaign donation from GOP benefactor Rex Sinquefield. The contribution is believed to be the largest in state history. Club for Growth is a Sinquefield-funded group.
More info on her campaign here.