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Meet Jason Smith, the Republican Choice in MO-8


The major party candidates for the special House election in Missouri are set.

About a month after winning reelection, Rep. Jo Ann Emerson of Missouri’s heavily-Republican 8th Congressional District announced she would become CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

Under Missouri law, there are no special primaries; the county parties selected their nominees. Republicans will run State Rep. Jason Smith, while Democrats will run State Rep. Steve Hodges.

A bit about Smith:

Representative Smith is committed to community involvement and is a member in the following organizations: National Rifle Association, Salem, Steelville and Cuba Chambers of Commerce, Missouri Bar, Farm Bureau, state board member of the Missouri Community Betterment Association, past President and current board member of the Salem FFA Alumni Association, and past board member of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate). Additionally, he attends his home church, Grace Community Church of Salem, faithfully as a committed member and serves as a Sunday school teacher for the youth.

In a fact that will make a lot of us feel old, he was born the year Ronald Reagan won the presidency.

The district scores a R+8 on the Cook Partisan Voting Index, and includes Cape Girardeau, Rush Limbaugh’s boyhood hometown. The special election is June 4.

Tags: Jason Smith , Jo Ann Emerson , Steve Hodges


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