Thursday, March 01, 2018

Races develop for state senate, three local state representative seats

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:

163rd District 

(Currently held by Cody Smith)

Republican- Cody Smith

162nd District

(Currently held by Charlie Davis, R-Webb City)

Republican- Robert W. Stokes, Carl Junction; Bob Bromley, Carl Junction
Democratic- Sarah Hinkle, Joplin

161st District

(Currently held by Bill White, R-Joplin)

Republican- Lane Roberts, Joplin

160th District

(Currently held by Bill Reiboldt, R-Seneca)

Republican-Raleigh Drue Ritter, Seneca; Ben Baker, Neosho

159th District

(Currently held by Bill Lant, R-Noel)

Republican- Mark Bentley, Pineville; Dirk Deaton, Noel

127th District

(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


Anonymous said...

What the hell is wrong with you people? These Republicans are running without Democratic opposition. If you people want a Legislature without Republicans in it, you do not follow this model. Put some Democratic candidates on the ballot so we will at least have a choice.

Anonymous said...

Ann Kelley is just a puppet, as is Mike Kelley. Mike needs to be investigated for harboring an illegal alien. His sister is married, or at least living with, an illegal who has been deported twice.

Anonymous said...

I was incorrect, it is a niece, not a sister.

Anonymous said...

Oh, but they have an "R" beside their names so it is OK if they harbor an illegal alien.