On Tuesday State Rep. Paul Curtman, R-Pacific, formally announced his bid for Missouri state auditor at stops across the state.

Curtman has served Franklin County in the General Assembly for the past seven years.

“Like you, I believe our state auditor should be an independent-minded leader who’s dedicated to accountability,” Curtman said in his campaign announcement. “I have a proven conservative record of fighting against higher taxes, wasteful spending, and the expansion of government.”

The announcement comes just a week after disbanding his U.S. Senate exploratory committee he formed in July while contemplating a run against incumbent Claire McCaskill.

Curtman hinted his intentions to The Missourian last week and said he and his wife were discussing the change of direction.

He is serving his fourth term in the Missouri Legislature having first been elected in 2010. He is currently the chairman of the House Ways and Means committee.

According to the Missouri Ethics Commission, he has just over $6,000 in his campaign bank account.

Curtman works in finance in Chesterfield and is married to his wife, Ruth, a high school math teacher in the Rockwood School District. Paul and Ruth have one child and are expecting their second child this month.