By Andrea Wood
Local residents have recently been making the trip to Jefferson City to file for a number of federal and state offices, include State Representative seats in Grandview and South Kansas City.
Filing began on February 23rd and continues through March 30th.
Voters will decide a candidate to represent each party during the primary election on August 3, 2010. The winning candidates from each party will then face off in the general election on November 2, 2010.
For State Representative – 45th District, incumbent Jason Holsman (D) had filed, as well as Nola Wood (R), both of South Kansas City.
In the State Representative – 46th District, incumbent Kate Meiners (D) will not be able to file for re-election due to term limits. The open seat has drawn a lot of attention. Democrats who have filed include Darrell Curls, Kevin McManus and Geoff Gerling of South Kansas City, and John T. Maloney of Grandview. One Republican, Rodney Williams, had also filed.
In the State Representative – 50th District race, so far incumbent Michael Brown (D) is being challenged by two other Democrats, Bill Clinton Young and MD Alam Rabbi.
The 10th District State Senator seat is also up for election. Incumbent Jolie Justus (D) is the only one to file as of press time.
Federal seats are also on the ballot in August.
Emanuel Cleaver is yet to be challenged by another Democrat for the U.S. Representative District 5 seat. Several Republicans have also filed, including Patrick Haake and Ralph Sheffield of Kansas City, and Jacob Turk of Lee’s Summit. Dave Lay, of Blue Springs, has filed as a Constitution candidate.
If you have ever considered running for a political seat, you still have time. Filing will continue until March 30th at 5pm. For information about candidate qualifications, filing fees and requirements, and district maps, see the Missouri Secretary of State - Elections Division at http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections or call (573) 751-2301.