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      Democratic lawmaker plans Mo. auditor campaign

      Jay Swearingen

      A Missouri House member plans to seek the Democratic nomination for state auditor next year.

      Jay Swearingen, a two-term House member from Kansas City, says he'll make an official campaign announcement in October.

      Swearingen is a vice president of the Missouri Credit Union Association. He was first elected to the Legislature in 2010 and serves on committees dealing with tax policy, professional registration, financial institutions and economic development.

      Republican Auditor Tom Schweich is completing his first term. He defeated Democratic incumbent Susan Montee in 2010.

      State campaign finance reports show Schweich had about $294,000 on hand at the end of June. Swearingen had more than $11,000.

      The auditor's office will be the only statewide position on Missouri's November 2014 ballot. Filing officially begins next February.