Greene County commissioner to run for open state senate seat in 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Greene County Commissioner Lincoln Hough wants to return to Jefferson City.

The ex-state represenative from Springfield will seek the Missouri Senate's 30th District seat for 2018. Hough has been a Greene County Commissioner since 2016.

“After talking with my family and supporters, I plan to announce for the 30th Senate District, currently held by term-limited Republican Senator Bob Dixon," said Hough. "I have reached out to others looking at running and received their support for my decision. I hope my actions will strengthen the party and create greater Party unity.".

The senate seat covers the city of Springfield. Hough had originally expressed interest in the open senate seat for District 20. That area covers Christian County and rural Greene County. Hough also owns a cattle farm in the Fair Grove area.

“We are very pleased Lincoln chose to run in the 30th Senatorial District, helping to ensure the area will continue to have strong and effective leadership in the Senate," said State Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard and Senator Mike Kehoe in a joint statement. " We are committed to do whatever is needed to retain our strong Republic majorities in the Missouri Senate, and as we have in every cycle, make sure the resources are available to retain the 30th as a Republican seat in 2018. This now gives us two strong candidates in the both the 20th and 30th Senate districts for the citizens of Greene and Christian Counties.”

Ex-State Represenative Eric Burlison likely will challenge for the open senate seat in District 20. Senator Jay Wasson too is term-limited.

“The GOP needs a proven and effective candidate to retain this seat in 2018," said Burlison. "Lincoln is smart and works hard, and he will be a strong advocate for the citizens of Springfield in the Missouri Senate. I look forward to working with Lincoln to ensure our region has a strong, unified, conservative voice for more jobs, limited government, and family values.”

Hough plans a formal announcement in October.

A formal announcement and campaign launch will be made in October 2017.