Schweich, a Republican who previously toyed with the idea of running for the U.S. Senate, is promising to be "independent" and "a fiscal hawk" if he's elected. He said tracking federal stimulus money will be his foremost priority if he wins next year.
Schweich served in a number of capacities before becoming a professor at Washington University. He was chief of staff for John Danforth when the former U.S. Senator from Missouri served as ambassador to the United Nations. Most recently, Schweich was appointed as an ambassador in charge of stemming the drug trade in Afghanistan.
Schweich's entry into the race essentially gurantees a Republican primary. House Budget Chairman Allen Icet, R-Wildwood, entered the race in June and released a list of legislative endorsements today.
Both Schweich and Icet will also be running against precedent. The winner of the primary will face state Auditor Susan Montee, a Democrat from St. Joseph. Down-ballot incumbents rarely lose re-election contests in Missouri.
Schweich stopped by Columbia today to announce his auditor bid. Here are a couple of videos of Schweich answering questions from the media: