Former Kansas City-area news anchor Mark Alford is running as a Republican for U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler’s congressional seat.

Alford announced his candidacy Wednesday on KCMO Talk Radio. Alford previously worked as an anchor for Kansas City’s WDAF-TV. He says he feels God has called on him to run for office.

Hartzler is running for U.S. Senate, opening up her 4th District congressional seat.

Other candidates for Hartzler’s seat include Republican state Rep. Sara Walsh, former Republican Boone County Clerk Taylor Burks, Republican cattle rancher Kalena Bruce and Archie, Missouri Democrat Jeff Leathers.

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