ROLLA, Mo. – Ryan Dillon, a former aide to former Missouri Congressman Ike Skelton, has solidified his intention to run for Senate in Missouri’s 16th District, which includes several prominent Mid-Missouri towns and areas like Rolla, Camdenton, Waynesville, Salem, St. James, Fort Leonard Wood and the southern half of the Lake of the Ozarks.
Dillon announced three-day, 16-stop tour across the district to announce his candidacy to run for the seat.
“I look forward to meeting folks from across the district to discuss their day-to-day concerns because it is my job to listen and to understand,” Dillon said in a statement. “As State Senator, I will work to provide local opportunities while fighting for the beliefs and values that are important to the people of the 16th District. Together, we will build people up, strengthen communities, and make Missouri a better place to live and work.”
In addition to his work in Skelton’s office in Washington D.C., Dillon also worked for former Congressman Russ Carnahan and at the State Department under former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Dillon also ultimately declined to run for Secretary of State in 2012, despite exploring the idea.
Sen. Dan Brown, a Republican, currently occupies the Senate seat for the 16th District, but his term will expire in 2018. Republicans have not yet named a candidate for Brown’s seat, which is heavily Republican. Rep. Keith Frederick, R-Rolla, has filed a campaign committee with the Missouri Ethics Commission, and Brown’s son, Justin, has also formed a campaign committee of his own.