JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A state legislator who lost a bid for Congress last year now says he will run for secretary of state next year. Sen. Bill Stouffer, R-Napton, is a farmer who can't run for re-election because of term limits.
Stouffer, who lives between Marshall and Arrow Rock in Saline County, ran unsuccessfully in the Republican Party primary election for the 4th Congressional District seat. He was beaten by Vicky Hartzler, who went on to defeat longtime incumbent Rep. Ike Skelton in November.
Stouffer says his campaign for secretary of state will emphasize efforts to combat potential voter fraud. He's sponsoring a proposed state constitutional amendment and accompanying legislation that would require voters to prove their identities with government-issued photo identifications.
The incumbent secretary of state is Democrat Robin Carnahan, who plans to run for her third term next year. Carnahan lost a race for the U.S. Senate last November against Republican Roy Blunt.