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Vicky Hartzler will have a Democratic opponent in 2016

Christensen
Christensen

A former chief of staff at the University of Missouri Hospital has announced that he’ll run for Missouri’s 4th Congressional District.

Dr. Gordon Christensen of Columbia, a Democrat, hopes to take on veteran GOP Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler in fall 2016. The 4th District is south and east of Kansas City.

He has served as chair of the MU Faculty Council (2003-2005) and chief of staff at the University of Missouri Hospital (2008-2009). A former epidemiologist, he describes himself on his campaign website as a one-time VA whistleblower who testified before Congress.

“If enough like-minded citizens and elected officials work together, we can overcome the partisan gridlock and restore integrity to government,” he says on the site.

He pledges to make improving the Affordable Care Act a key part of his campaign platform.

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