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Russ Carnahan Seeks Mo. House Seat

November 3, 1999

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Russ Carnahan, son of Gov. Mel Carnahan, said Tuesday he is running for an open Missouri House seat from St. Louis.

The Russ Carnahan 2000 Committee was established without fanfare on Oct. 21, when paperwork was filed at the Missouri Ethics Commission. The younger Carnahan, a Democrat like his father, announced his candidacy on Tuesday after The Associated Press asked about the committee’s creation.

An attorney, Russ Carnahan, 41, is the first candidate to create a campaign committee for the state House seat held by retiring Democratic Rep. Ron Auer.

``I was raised in a family that believes strongly in the values of public service,″ Carnahan said. ``It’s an opportunity for service that has come up with this open seat.″

Father and son could appear on the same ballot next November if they win their primaries in August. Mel Carnahan, the two-term governor, is running in 2000 for the U.S. Senate seat held by freshman Republican John Ashcroft.

The governor’s spokesman, Jerry Nachtigal, said Tuesday the elder Carnahan ``hadn’t been informed yet″ about his son’s political plans.

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