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Peter Kinder gubernatorial primary watch party

GOP gubernatorial candidate Peter Kinder at a primary watch party on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Photo by Chris Lee, clee@post-dispatch.com

CAPE GIRARDEAU  •  Former Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder has resigned from a leadership position on the Delta Regional Authority, a federal agency focused on economic development in Mississippi Delta region, including the Missouri Bootheel.

Kinder said he concluded his position was not needed and a waste of tax dollars, the Southeast Missourian reported Saturday.

President Donald Trump named Kinder as alternative federal co-chairman of the DRA in August 2017. He resigned June 1, but didn't publicly disclosed his resignation until Friday, the newspaper said.

The DRA, modeled on the Appalachian Regional Commission, was created by Congress in 2000.

Kinder, a Republican candidate for Missouri governor in 2016, also said he plans to take a job in the private sector and remain in his hometown of Cape Girardeau. He has no plans to return to state government or political office, he told the Southeast Missourian.