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Democratic lawyer to run for Missouri Rep. Hartzler’s seat

October 1, 2019 GMT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Democratic lawyer says she’s running to unseat Missouri Republican U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler.

Lindsey Simmons announced her campaign for Hartzler’s seat Tuesday.

The 32-year-old is running as a political outsider. She pledged not to take donations from corporate political action committees.

Simmons attended Harvard Law School. Her husband is an Army helicopter pilot.

Simmons says her campaign will focus on issues facing military and veterans’ families, jobs and health care.

The Kansas City Star reported that Simmons filed an ethics complaint against Hartzler in August over a tweet promoting a tractor company with ties to Hartzler’s family business.

Hartzler’s campaign manager Nathan Adams pointed out that Simmons filed the complaint, then weeks later announced plans to run against the congresswoman.

Voters first elected Hartzler, 58, to Congress in 2010.