Missouri businessman, Dave Spence, has entered the race for governor as Republican. Mr. Spence is one of a number of businessmen entering the political arena for the first time as a candidate for high office. Also, manufacturer John Brunner and developer Chris McKee are running for office.
When St. Louis businessman Dave Spence confirmed last month that he was interested in running for governor, he insisted he’d only do so if Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder didn’t. He even donated $5,500 to Kinder’s campaign. Then last week he said there was a chance he’d run regardless of Kinder’s decision.
Tuesday, with Kinder widely expected to launch his campaign for governor next week, Spence beat him to the punch and announced he was jumping into the Republican primary.
Spence, 53, is the president and chief executive of Overland-based Alpha Packaging. He has yet to file paperwork forming a gubernatorial campaign committee and has no spokesman or campaign staff.