Special election called to fill Fitzpatrick’s house seat

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Meeting of Republican party to be held May 7 for nominations

Gov. Mike Parson has called for a special election on Nov. 5 to fill the 158th House District (Barry, Lawrence, Stone Counties) seat, previously held by Scott Fitzpatrick, who was appointed Missouri State Treasurer in December 2018.

“It’s important that we work quickly to fill vacancies in the people’s house to ensure that Missourians have representation here in Jefferson City,” Parson said. “We appreciate the dedication and hard work of our local election authorities, especially when preparing for and conducting a special election. I am confident that Secretary Ashcroft will continue focusing our election process in a free and fair manner.”

David Cole, Cassville attorney and member of the 158th District Republican Legislative Committee, said there will be a meeting on May 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the historic courthouse in Cassville to nominate a Republican to be placed on the ballot.

Cole said there are 32 members of the committee who will cast votes for the nomination of a candidate to be put on the Nov. 5 special election ballot.

“We do have people interested,” he said. “It’s up to the committee, but what I anticipate will happen is the floor will be opened for nominations, then members of the committee will nominate candidates, and those candidates would have an opportunity to address the committee, then the committee will vote.”

Cherry Warren is the chairman of the committee, and the meeting will be open to the public.

Maella Blalock is the chair of the 158th District Democratic Legislative Committee. She did not respond to messages for comment.

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