Thomas P. Schneider, the former mayor of Florissant, Missouri has announced that he is going to run run as an independent for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Roy Blunt.
A self-described centrist, Schneider who served as the nonpartisan mayor of Florissant from 2011 to 2019, and previously served on the city council from 1979 to 2011.
“My approach to public service was always pragmatic and we achieved results by consensus building for progress. We focused on and put a priority on what was in the best interest of the people rather than worry about political capital,” he wrote in a letter to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
In addition to his service in Florissant, Schneider said he also served as an enlisted surveyor with the U.S. Navy Seabees on two tours in Vietnam and one in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.