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It's official, Greene County Prosecutor Darrell Moore will run for the Republican nomination for the 7th Congressional District seat that will be vacated by Roy Blunt in 20-10.

After three terms as the elected prosecuting attorney, Moore says he feels the need for a new challenge.

Since Congressman Roy Blunt's announcement that he will run for Kit Bond's Senate seat the race for Blunt's 7th Congressional District seat has become littered with Republican contenders.

U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, who's represented the district since 1997, is running for the U.S. Senate in an attempt to replace Sen. Kit Bond who is stepping down to spend more time with his family.

Auctioneer Billy Long is the front runner in the money race so far, but the race for Washington is still in it's infancy.
Long, State Senator Jack Goodman and Ozarks Technical College professor Jeff Wisdom have already officially announced their candidacies for the seat, and it is expected that Nixa alderman Kevin Elmer will enter the race as well.

Convoy of Hope president Hal Donaldson has formed an exploratory committee...and then there are the rumored candidates; State Sen. Gary Nodler and Jasper County GOP chair John Putnam.

Moore says he agrees with President Obama's ideas on health care options, but says the President needs to reach across the aisle on other issues.

He also says he will keep his job as prosecutor while campaigning, seeking help from staff inside his office, but will continue to be lead attorney in the Gerald Carnahan murder case.

Chief Assistant Greene County Prosecutor Dan Patterson says he will seek the county's top cop job now that his boss has tossed his hat in the ring for Congress.

Patterson, has worked for the prosecutor’s office since 1996. He was named chief assistant in 2003 and recently returned from a stint in Kosovo with the Missouri Army National Guard.