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Judy Baker will run for Missouri treasurer

Judy Baker
Judy Baker

A second Democrat has thrown a hat in the ring in the race for Missouri treasurer.

Judy Baker of Columbia filed paperwork Friday forming a candidate committee for the Democratic primary. She joins Pat Contreras of Kansas City in the race to replace term-limited incumbent Democrat Clint Zweifel.

Baker served two terms in the Missouri House before running for Congress in 2008 and losing to Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer. She then worked in President Barack Obama’s administration as a regional director of the Department of Health and Human Services.

In 2012 she lost in a crowded Democratic primary for lieutenant governor.

Contreras has never held elected office but according to his campaign website worked as a diplomat at the U.S. Department of State for Presidents Obama and George W. Bush.

Missouri Sen. Eric Schmitt of St. Louis County is the only Republican in the race so far and is considered the front-runner, with nearly $1.8 million cash on hand in his campaign committee.