Former State Representative Vicky Hartzler has officially filed to run against Ike Skelton next year, and may have a primary challenger soon. Multiple sources report that State Senator Bill Stouffer (R-Napton) has recruited the services of Jeff Roe to challenge Hartzler for the right to take on Skelton.
Hartlzer recently published a book, Running God's Way, marketed as a "one-stop, easy to use resource unveils the proven campaign techniques revealed in God's Word and outlines the winning strategies needed to succeed on Election Day." Based on Roe's record of lowest-common-denominator tactics, we probably shouldn't expect Roe to commit to running what you might call a Christ-centered campaign.
Assuming that Hartzler and Stouffer remain committed to a "race" against Skelton, it could be one of the more viscous campaigns Fourth District voters have seen in a while. A primary battle could also have repercussions in the State Senate, where Stouffer serves with Hartzler's campaign treasurer, Sen. Delbert Scott (R-Lowry City).
State Rep. Tom Self (R-Cole Camp) is also reported to be mulling a bid.