Stouffer to run for Mo. secretary of state

Friday, February 25, 2011
State Sen. Bill Stouffer, R-Napton, speaks Feb. 10 in Marshall at the Saline County Pachyderm Club Lincoln Day Dinner. Stouffer has announced his intention to run for secretary of state in 2012, according to an Associated Press report. (Eric Crump/Democrat-News)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Republican state Sen. Bill Stouffer says he will run for Missouri secretary of state next year.

Stouffer is a farmer from the rural central Missouri community of Napton who ran unsuccessfully last year in the Republican primary for the 4th Congressional District. Stouffer says his secretary of state campaign will emphasize efforts to combat potential voter fraud.

Stouffer this year is sponsoring a proposed state constitutional amendment and accompanying legislation that would require voters to prove their identity with government-issued photo identification.

The secretary of state's office is up for election in 2012. The incumbent is Democrat Robin Carnahan, who will be his likely opponent if he prevails in the primary election.

Carnahan spokesman Tony Wyche said Friday that Carnahan is planning to run again in 2012, according to the AP.

Carnahan first was elected secretary of state in 2004. She lost a bid for U.S. Senate last year.

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  • I will again be voting for Robin Carnahan!!

    -- Posted by saline on Fri, Feb 25, 2011, at 2:35 PM
  • What great news!!! Sen. Stouffer is not afraid to fight for what he knows is right!!! I'll be voting STOUFFER all the way!

    -- Posted by Steelmagnolia on Fri, Feb 25, 2011, at 3:25 PM
  • Great, I must vote Democrat again for Sec of State...Stouffer makes it an easy call. The attempt of voter nullification w/ Prop B, shows me goes to the highest bidder.

    -- Posted by mFromSweetSprings on Fri, Feb 25, 2011, at 6:30 PM
  • I wonder if he'll ask for permission to hunt inside Jeff City's city limits?

    -- Posted by Interested Too on Fri, Feb 25, 2011, at 6:38 PM
  • This is similar to what is happening in Wisconsin as lawmakers try to pass laws that hurt their opposition political party and try to pass it off as good for their state.

    I wish Sen Stouffer would come clean and tell us Missourians that this is really about voter supression because it will be new voters, ninorities, and low income folks that will likely be disenfranchised by this law since and its no coincidence these voter tend to be Democrats.

    So first they take down unions then they move to disenfranchise new and minority voters. They decrease the amount of money available to Dems then they decrease votes available. Brilliant but sinister.

    -- Posted by cheesehead on Fri, Feb 25, 2011, at 7:40 PM
  • Republicans always point out voter fraud all the time and yet they don't accuse anybody of voter fraud. If there is voter fraud lets prosecute the people to the extent of the law that is already on the books. Heck you can go to jail for a long time if you are not supposed to vote or you vote more than once. I don't believe that voter fraud is anything but a red herring. Just to whip up some excitement in an otherwise corrupt and disreputable political party. Senator go home to Napton and farm. You are really a good farmer. You are not a good politician.

    -- Posted by movaldude on Sat, Feb 26, 2011, at 12:51 AM
  • well maybe we will get him out of the senate, but sure hope he looses any elections he runs for in future.. His challange to Prob B is out of line, we may not all like it but the voters spoke as the law allows and requires and he is wrong to try to change it and he is bad for politics in Missouri.

    -- Posted by drop555 on Sat, Feb 26, 2011, at 10:51 AM
  • He's out of the Senate anyway, due to term limits, so he's looking for a job.

    -- Posted by Interested Too on Sat, Feb 26, 2011, at 10:58 AM
  • Workers, and government employees in particular, view their job as an entitlement and not a privilege earned through hard work and effectiveness. Unions foster this in order to keep the workers stirred up and angry at their employers. . . so the unions can collect dues and pay their officers tremendous salaries. By reducing the ability of unions to protect lazy, undisciplined and inefficient government workers and even workers in the general workforce, our nation will eventually again be able to compete with the rest of the world. Socialism, as dictated by unions, must become a nothing more than an unfortunate footnote in a history book.

    -- Posted by Nonnymus on Sat, Feb 26, 2011, at 2:16 PM
  • The thing I will remember about Stouffer is the extremely nasty campaign he ran when he was first elected.

    -- Posted by izaak on Sat, Feb 26, 2011, at 6:21 PM
  • the way we should all remember him is Stouffer (WHO?)......

    -- Posted by drop555 on Sun, Feb 27, 2011, at 4:11 PM
  • I have been extremely disappointed in Mr. Stouffer's lack of initiative & performance since elected. His lack of support for the Marshall Hab Center has me concerned in his true devotion to Saline County. Despite his own personal statements to rally for Dept of Mental Health funding for the facility, not only did he remain silent on the Senate floor he didn't even vote to refute the changes in DMH reorganization. Your lack of support for Saline County workers & it's most vulnerable residents has deeply saddened our families over the past few years. Not only have you lost our respect, you have lost our vote on ANY of your future endeavors. You talk the talk but CHOSE to not to walk the walk.

    -- Posted by SalineVoter on Sun, Feb 27, 2011, at 6:08 PM
  • How much money is Farm Bureau going to give you this time around???

    -- Posted by fresh air on Sun, Feb 27, 2011, at 8:38 PM
  • This guy doesnt support the working people he is only concerned about those with huge pocketbooks. He only wants what is best for his party and puts it before the people of Missouri. One of the best examples of this is what he wants to do with the Hab center.

    He should speak out against those who are trying bust unions as they work hard for fair wages of the middle class instead of the rich. He wants to abolish the min wage and make us work for low wages like we are slaves or something.

    -- Posted by miss october on Sun, Feb 27, 2011, at 9:02 PM
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