State Rep. Jeanie Lauer of Blue Springs is running for an open seat in the Jackson County Legislature.

She is the first person to announce her candidacy since fellow Republican Greg Grounds said earlier this week that he’s not running again. He’s in his 12th year as a county legislator.

“I love service, and I love working on the legislative side of things,” Lauer said Friday.

Lauer is in her eighth year – her last due to term limits – in the Missouri House. She also was on the Blue Springs City Council for three years.

She said some of the issues she’s focused on in Jefferson City, such as workforce development and improved 911 funding and service, are county priorities as well.

“I still continue my passion for safety,” she said.

Lauer is running in the county’s 5th District, which includes a substantial portion of Eastern Jackson County: Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove and Lake Tapawingo across the central part of the county, the Buckner, Sibley and Levasy areas to the northwest, and Independence south of Interstate 70, east of the Little Blue River, plus portions of the northeast corner of the city.

It’s been a busy week for Lauer, who also was named to the House committee looking to the controversies surrounding Gov. Eric Greitens. He faces a trial in May on a felony charge of invasion of privacy. The committee has 45 days to do its work but can get an extension. She pointed out that this committee’s work is separate from the criminal investigation of the governor by a circuit attorney in St. Louis.

“We can pretty much take this in any direction that we need to go,” she said Friday morning at a Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce breakfast.

The committee has been widely described as a possible step toward impeachment of the governor, but Lauer stressed that the seven-member committee is not presuming that’s the case.

“All we are doing is asking for the evidence, asking for the witnesses to come and to … assess the facts,” she said.

She said at times she won’t be able to say much about what’s going on.

“Some meetings will be closed, and some will be public hearings,” she said.