Only one Joplin-area state legislators will have a race this year (barring an entry by an independent candidate).
Linda Marie Crane, D-Greenfield, is challenging Ed Emery, R-Lamar, in the general election for the 126th District.
Tom Flanigan, R-Carthage, is running unopposed in the 127th District. He seeks to replace Steve Hunter, R-Joplin, who is barred by term limits from seeking another term.
Incumbents facing no opposition are: Bryan Stevenson, R-Webb City, 128th District; Ron Richard, R-Joplin, 129th District, Kevin Wilson, R-Neosho, 130th District; and Marilyn Ruestman, R-Joplin, 131st District.