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Can the Governor Succeed Himself?

May 6, 1996
By: Kimberly Lohman
State Capital Bureau

Does Governor Carnahan have a right to run for re-election? It depends on your interpretation of the Missouri state Constitution. Kimberly Lohman reports from the state capitol.

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When Jefferson City resident Ruth Redel filed to run for Governor, a section of Missouri's Constitution caught her eye. It prohibits any person from being elected governor or treasure more than twice. Governor Mel Carnahan served as state treasurer in 1980 and is seeking his second term as governor. Redel wants the state Supreme Court to decide whether Carnahan's re-election would violate the constitution.

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Contents: Redel says she hopes the supreme court will come down with a ruling one way or another; she simply wants the law to be rectified if it isn't true.

Attorney Gene Bushmann, former head of Missouri's Democratic party, says he doubts whether Redel's inquiry is genuine. Although Bushmann says Redel has a right to question the law's constitutionality, he says a reasonable interpretation of the law allows the governor to succeed himself.

From Jefferson City, I'm Kimberly Lohman.