Businessman John Brunner announces bid for Missouri governor

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John Brunner. (Source: John Brunner, Twitter)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Suburban St. Louis businessman John Brunner is making a Republican bid for Missouri governor.

The former CEO of the hand-sanitizer company Vi-Jon Inc. made his candidacy official in a video announcement on Monday.

Brunner, 63 of the St. Louis suburb of Frontenac, is touting his experience as a business leader. He has criticized what he calls career politicians.

Brunner has never held public office. He ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate in 2012 but lost a Republican primary to former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin.

Brunner joins four other GOP candidates running to replace Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon, who’s barred from seeking re-election because of term limits. Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster is the only expected Democratic candidate.