The Seventh District will have a Republican primary race.
That was ensured today when two GOP candidates, neither named Roy Blunt, filed on the first day. Filing were Mitchell E. Potts, Springfield, and Clenden Kinder, Joplin. No Democrats filed, but Libertarian Kevin Craig, Powersite, guaranteed there will be a general election.
In the Fourth District, which includes Barton County, incumbent Ike Skelton, D-Lexington, filed, as did Republicans Lloyd Sanders Sr., Richland; Alan Conner, Long Lane; and Jeff Parnell, Rogersville.
No surprises emerged in local House and Senate races.
In the House, all area Republican incumbents filed for re-election with none garnering opposition on the first day. The earliest to file was 129th District Representative Ron Richard, who filed at 8:48:14 a.m., according to the Missouri Secretary of State's website, followed by;
-Kevin Wilson, Neosho, 130th District, 9:06 a.m.
-Ed Emery, Lamar, 126th District, 9:24 a.m.
-Bryan Stevenson, Webb City, 128th District, 9:59:05 a.m.
-Marilyn Ruestman, Joplin, 131st District, 9:59:46 a.m.
-Steve Hunter, Joplin, 127th District, 1:50:54 p.m.
Gary Nodler, R-Joplin, was the only candidate to file in the 32nd Senatorial District race, while his fellow incumbent, Delbert Scott, was the only candidate to file in the 28th District. Former children's show host "Aunt Norma" Champion, a Republican incumbent, was the only one to file in the 30th District.
The big guns did not file for U. S. Senate today. Neither incumbent Republican Jim Talent or Democratic State Auditor Claire McCaskill filed, but three candidates did enter their names: Bill Clinton Young, Kansas City, Democrat; Isaiah Hair Jr., St. Louis, Republican; and Frank Gilmour, Libertarian.
Four Republicans and one Democrat filed for state auditor. Republicans filing were Jack Jackson, Wildwood; Mark Wright, Springfield; Al Hanson, Concordia; and John London, Chesterfield. Susan Montee, St. Joseph, was the lone Democrat.