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Lawsuit Questions Carnahan's Re-election Bid

May 7, 1996
By: Kimberly Lohman
State Capital Bureau

A lawsuit before the Missouri Supreme Court questions whether Governor Carnahan is allowed to serve a second term. Kimberly Lohman reports from the state capitol.

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The Missouri constitution limits the number of times a person can be elected governor or treasurer. Ruth Redel, a democratic challenger to Carnahan, says the governor can't run again, because he's already served one term as governor and one term as treasurer. Democratic attorney Gene Bushmann disagrees.

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Contents: Bushmann says if the court decides a governor can't succeed himself it would have severe political implications.

There is a precedent for both claims ... in 1890, Booneville's Lawrence "Lon" Stevens was appointed treasurer, won his next two bids for treasurer and governor, but was prohibited from a second gubernatorial run. By the 1960's, term limits on these two offices were relaxed, allowing a person to serve two terms as governor, as well as two terms as treasurer.

From Jefferson City, I'm Kimberly Lohman.