Gov. Parson challenged by Missouri GOP lawmaker for 2020 governor nomination

Picture of Jim Neely

Picture from Missouri House of Representatives.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A state lawmaker from Cameron says he plans to run for the GOP nomination for governor in 2020.

Rep. Jim Neely, a 68-year-old physician, said Wednesday he will challenge Gov. Mike Parson in the Republican primary.

Parson, who became governor in June 2018 after Eric Greitens resigned, is expected to announce his candidacy on Sept. 8.

FOX4 has reported on Neely’s activites in the Missouri House, including a bill that would lower tax on menstrual products and a bill that would give inmates serving life sentences a chance for parole.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Neely is term limited after eight years in the House. He said he is running because he wants to continue public service, not because of any specific objections to Parson.

Neely says he was not asked to run. He has shown no fundraising activity in the three months ending July 1.

Auditor Nicole Galloway, a Democrat, has also announced her bid for the governorship.

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