The Joplin area will send a slate of new legislators to Jefferson City in 2019 thanks to term limits.
Only one area legislator, Rep. Cody Smith, R-Carthage, is able to run for re-election.
Another one, Rep. Bill White, R-Joplin, is hoping to move up the ladder and has filed for Senate.
Rep. Mike Kelley, R-Lamar, cannot run for another term, but the office may stay in the family, since his wife, Ann Kelley, is the only candidate to file for the 127th District seat.
Those who have filed are listed below:
(Currently held by Cody Smith)
Republican- Cody Smith
(Currently held by Charlie Davis, R-Webb City)
Republican- Robert W. Stokes, Carl Junction; Bob Bromley, Carl Junction
Democratic- Sarah Hinkle, Joplin
(Currently held by Bill White, R-Joplin)
Republican- Lane Roberts, Joplin
(Currently held by Bill Reiboldt, R-Seneca)
Republican-Raleigh Drue Ritter, Seneca; Ben Baker, Neosho
(Currently held by Bill Lant, R-Noel)
Republican- Mark Bentley, Pineville; Dirk Deaton, Noel
(Currently held by Mike Kelley, R-Lamar)
Republican- Ann Kelley, Lamar
32nd District Senate
(Currently held by Ron Richard, R-Joplin)
Republican- Bill White, Joplin
Green- Conon Gillis, Joplin