A bill that would prevent thin-skinned politicians from receiving late challenges from independent candidates will have a hearing Feb. 12 before the Senate Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee.
SB 409, proposed by Senators Gary Nodler, R-Joplin, and Delbert Scott, R-Lowry City, provides for the following:
Any person desiring to be an independent candidate in a general election for any office to be filled by voters throughout the state, or for any congressional district, state senate district, state representative district, or circuit judge district shall file a written declaration of intent to be an independent candidate with the secretary of state not later than 5 p.m. on the last Tuesday in March immediately preceding the general election in which the person intends to be an independent candidate.
Both Nodler and Scott faced challenges from independent candidates in 2006, which forced them to dip into the campaign treasury and actually use their money for their own elections, rather than ship it to other candidates and party committees to help build their influence within the Republican party.
It appears that other potential independent candidates may have to pay the price because Kim Wright and Mike Holzknecht dared challenge Nodler and Scott.