JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri's Republican Attorney General Eric Schmitt on Wednesday officially announced he's running to keep his seat as the state's top lawyer. 

Schmitt's term is up next year. He was appointed by Republican Gov. Mike Parson to serve as attorney general after Josh Hawley left the seat in 2019 to join the U.S. Senate. Schmitt had been serving as state treasurer when Parson tapped him for the Attorney General's Office. 

Democratic lawyers Rich Finneran, of Bryan Cave's St. Louis law firm, and Elad Gross are campaigning to unseat Schmitt. 

The primary is Aug. 4. The general election is Nov. 3.