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State Senator Jack Goodman Announces Plans to Run for Congress

Republican State Senator Jack Goodman announced today (Friday) that he’s running for the 7th Congressional seat, the one Republican Roy Blunt currently holds. Blunt recently announced he’s running for the U.S. Senate seat that opens up next year when Republican Kit Bond retires. With Blunt’s congressional seat now open, Goodman is the first Republican to announce plans to run. KSMU’s Missy Shelton reports.

About 50 people greeted State Senator Jack Goodman in Springfield where he made his announcement…among the crowd were some influential, behind-the-scenes figures of the Republican Party in Southwest Missouri.In his remarks, Goodman discussed several of his accomplishments from his time in the state House and Senate and his commitment to small government.Speaking to reporters afterward, Goodman said he would not have voted for the economic bailout bill that passed Congress this fall, which had the backing of Congressman Roy Blunt.

Goodman says he thinks the government can have a role in dealing with the economic crisis by creating a business-friendly climate.State Representative Shane Schoeller introduced Goodman at the Springfield event, effectively ending speculation that he would run for Congress.Goodman is traveling to ten communities in Southwest Missouri over the next few days to talk about his run for the 7th congressional seat currently held by Republican Roy Blunt.So far, no Democrats have announced plans to run for the U.S. House seat.Craig Hosmer of Springfield is chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party.