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Former news anchor Mark Alford raises more than $200,000 in congressional bid

Mark Alford, the former Fox 4 News anchor running for Congress in Missouri’s 4th District, has raised more than $200,000 in less than three months. Alford, who left the station late last year after 23 years, announced his congressional bid in October to replace Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler.

Donations came from more than 500 individual contributors, the campaign said.

“I’m deeply honored by the support so many have shown to this campaign in our fight to be the strongest voice for Missouri’s 4th congressional district,” Alford said.  “Together, we can and will take back the House in November and restore sanity and stability to our great nation. The outpouring of financial support, attendance at our events, steady growth of ‘Alford’s Army’ volunteers and the encouragement and prayers being sent our way is a constant affirmation of our decision to run.”

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“In a short time, we have put together an amazing campaign team, and I look forward to continuing to travel the district, meet with voters in person and listen to their concerns, hopes and ideas.”

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Last fall, Alford said he left Fox 4 in part because of difficulties he felt being a Christian and conservative in the media who respects law enforcement and wants to promote local businesses. “The more I tried to be an alternative to provide balance, the more of a fight it was each day,” he said.

READ: Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler talks about her faith

Also vying for the GOP nomination for the congressional seat are Sen. Rick Brattin, Rep. Sara Walsh, cattle farmer Kalena Bruce, former Boone County clerk Taylor Burks and former police officer Bill Irwin.

Missouri’s 4th congressional district, represented by popular Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, is a large and diverse expanse of the state, from Columbia sweeping west to just below Kansas City, stretching down to Pittsburg and Lebanon, and settling north of Springfield. It includes both Whiteman Air Force Base in Johnson County and Fort Leonard Wood in Pulaski County. Redistricting will redraw the boundaries this winter.

–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice