Brian Riley of Marshall, a former banker and current small business owner, announced Wednesday, Oct. 7, his formal filing with the Federal Elections commission to run for the U.S. House of Representatives 4th District seat in the 2010 election.
The office is currently held by Ike Skelton, a Democrat from Lexington.
"The effects of unrestrained government spending -- combined with the lack of any fiscal discipline, or principled leadership -- crushes the hard working folks and families of the 4th Congressional District," Riley said in a news release.
Riley, a Republican, cited as examples of unrestrained spending the $787 billion economic stimulus package, proposed "cap and trade" energy legislation and "the national health care fiasco."
"As a small business owner and former banker, I firmly understand the domestic and global economies and their impact on our farms, our businesses, and most of all, our families here at home."
According to the Associated Press, four other Republicans already have announced their candidacies for next year's election. They are state Sen. Bill Stouffer, of Napton; former state Rep. Vicky Hartzler, of Harrisonville; former Jefferson City councilman Roy Viessman; and James Scholz, an Army veteran who owns a computer security business in Warrensburg.