Thursday, March 1, 2012

Filing for State Seats Begins Despite Map Chaos

State Rep Jason Holsman files for State Senate, Grandview Alderman Joe Runions files for State Representative  

By Andrea Wood

On Tuesday, candidates for the Missouri House of Representatives and State Senate began officially filing for seats. But the process was confused by a new map and unsettled lawsuits.

Last Thursday, a bipartisan commission appointed by Gov. Nixon reached an agreement on a new State Senate map. The map may become final after a 15-day period for public comment and possible revisions. However, lawsuits are pending on all of the state redistricting maps. A first senatorial map, created by a panel of judges, was thrown out by the State Supreme Court.

Amongst the confusion, some candidates changed their plans on which seat to file for.

State Rep. Jason Holsman, for example, on Tuesday filed for Missouri State Senate District 7, a newly created district which includes much of South KC and Grandview.

"I have spent the past six years learning, listening and studying how to be an effective legislator in the Missouri House," Holsman said. "I have always enjoyed a good door-to-door campaign, and I am invigorated by the opportunity to listen to the citizens of the 7th District on how best to move our State forward."

Currently, much of South KC and Grandview is represented by State Senator Jolie Justus, in what had been District 10. However, the new map puts District 10 just north of St. Louis, meaning Justus will go from representing an urban district to a decidedly rural one on the other side of the state. Her seat is not up for election this year.

Holsman had planned to run for re-election to the State House of Representatives in the newly created 37th District, which encompasses all of Grandview. Instead, Grandview Alderman Joe Runions filed for the seat on Tuesday.

Others who filed for the Missouri House of Representatives Tuesday include State Rep Kevin McManus in District 36, and Bill Clinton Young and Hickman Mills School Board President Bonnaye Mims in District 27.

Filing closes on March 27 at 5:00 pm.

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