There is a race for lieutenant governor of Missouri, which historically has never reached the top step on the south entrance at the state Capitol when it comes to interest. It should be of more interest since the office rests right below the top elected official of Missouri.

Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder, Republican, is seeking re-election. He is seeking a third four-year term. He served 12 years in the Missouri Senate before being elected lieutenant governor in 2004. As lieutenant governor, he presides over the Missouri Senate.

His experience includes being a lawyer, serving on the staff of a Missouri U.S. congressman, a real estate representative for Drury Industries and he was associate publisher of the Southeast Missourian, a daily newspaper in Cape Girardeau, his hometown.

Kinder has been an active lieutenant governor and knows the state from the top of its boundaries, to the bottom, from east to west. He knows Missourians — he stays in touch with rural and urban residents. He has been one of the most active state officials. As the official Senior Advocate, Kinder has worked to the full extent of his authority in that role to help the aged. He has been a leader in issues that benefit military veterans. Tourism has been another activity in which he has been a leader in promoting the state’s attributes, drawing thousands of visitors to Missouri. He has been faithful in serving on a number of state boards and commissions as is called for by being lieutenant governor.

With his vast experience, Peter Kinder will continue to be a strong leader in Missouri government if re-elected. He is one of the most experienced elected state officials and knows and understands well both the executive and legislative branches. He’s been a popular and visible lieutenant governor. He has been recognized by many organizations for his contributions, above and beyond his state responsibilities.

Peter Kinder should be re-elected. His record is one of quality government service to Missouri and its citizens.