Jessica Karmasek Aug. 7, 2015, 9:48am


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) - A former county prosecutor is running for Missouri attorney general.

Teresa Hensley, a Democrat, announced her candidacy last week, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Hensley currently works at a private law firm in Raymore. She served as Cass County prosecutor until she lost re-election last year.

She most likely will face St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman, a former assistant attorney general, in the state’s Democratic primary.

State Sen. Scott Sifton, a Democrat, has dropped out of the race. He has decided to seek re-election instead.

Current Attorney General Chris Koster, a Democrat, is not seeking re-election next year. He is running for governor.

Also vying to fill Koster’s shoes: Republicans Kurt Schaefer and Josh Hawley.

Schaefer is a state senator and former assistant attorney general. Hawley is a constitutional law professor who served as co-counsel on the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores.

From Legal Newsline: Reach Jessica Karmasek by email at jessica@legalnewsline.com.

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