Monroe City Mayor Neal Minor, who is in his fifth term, announced to a gathering of supporters in the warehouse of Lakeside Casting on Thursday that he will run for the GOP nomination in Primary Election, which will be Aug. 7, 2018.

A second Northeast Missouri mayor is running for the Republican nomination for the Missouri House of Representatives seat being vacated by four-term incumbent Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-Hannibal). Shumake cannot run again because he will reach the maximum four terms – eight years – under Missouri term-limit laws after the 2018 session of the Legislature.

Monroe City Mayor Neal Minor, who is in his fifth term, announced to a gathering of supporters in the warehouse of Lakeside Casting on Thursday that he will run for the GOP nomination in Primary Election, which will be Aug. 7, 2018. Minor owns Midwest Reclaimed Wood LLC and M. LiClar Publishing, and is a commercial insurance agent for GDC Insurance Services.

Six-term Palmyra Mayor Loren Graham announced earlier this month that is running in the GOP Primary Election for the District 5, which covers parts of Monroe, Marion and Shelby counties. Both Minor and Graham have registered campaign committees with the Missouri Ethics Commission.

Minor told supporters that he would leverage his experience as mayor of Monroe City to help bring economic growth to the House district.

“I feel the important issue in our district is economic development,” Minor told supporters. “I have a successful track record of working with local businesses in Monroe County and professional economic developers to create a better and more inviting business environment where businesses can flourish and entrepreneurship is encouraged.”

He said that he would not stand for re-election as mayor in the 2018 Municipal Election, saying that he will focus in the race for House of Representatives.

Minor also laid out plans for education and health care, saying that the rural district has a “major problem” because of the lack of mental health providers.

He said that one of the most critical issues facing rural Missouri is the lack of high-speed internet.

“There is a growing disparity between rural and urban areas of the state,” he said. “I’m generally not in favor of using public dollars to compete against private business, but in the case of high-speed, fiber internet, the private companies that have shown that they are not willing to provide it in rural areas…this is just one example of an infrastructure project that can be used to improve economic development, education, agriculture, law enforcement, health care and the quality of life that we choose to live.”

Graham, meanwhile, said that he plans to retire from his position as vice president of HNB Bank at the end of 2017 so that he can be a full-time stare representative if he is elected.

He runs the Palmyra branch of the bank.

Graham, as Minor, is making growing the region’s economy a top priority.

“I believe that politicians should further show that Missouri is open for business by striving to create better opportunities for economic development in our region by decreasing regulation,” he said when he announced his candidacy. “We need to support common sense regulations that spur business growth and increase the prosperity of our region’s businesses and working families, while at the same time seeking to abolish regulations that stymie business creation, growth and burden our agricultural community.”

Reporter Trevor McDonald contributed to this report.