Southwest Missouri will have a new representative in Congress after next year’s election. Barring any late field additions, he’ll be part of half a dozen Republicans.
Representative Billy Long, a Republican who has held the seat since 2011, is running for the US Senate – leaving his House position open for capture. The 7th District of Missouri includes the counties of Jasper, Newton, McDonald, Lawrence, Barry, Polk, Greene, Christian, Taney and a small portion of Webster County. It is a dark red district (Long won nearly 70% of the vote in 2020), a composition unlikely to change significantly when district lines are redrawn with new census data.
A number of Republican candidates have already emerged to fight for the GOP nomination. As of Friday, no Democrat had announced his candidacy. The winner will serve a two-year term in the United States House, joining the other seven members of the Missouri delegation.
Here are the candidates vying to represent the 7th District at US House next year:
Dr Sam Alexandre
Calling himself the “political outsider” of the field, emergency doctor Dr Sam Alexander is seeking an elective mandate for the first time since 2004.
A long-time CoxHealth employee, Alexander criticized “career politicians” in an interview with the News-Leader in October and said if elected he would use his experience in the medical field and on his farm. family to hear from various constituents. A group of 35 doctors in southwest Missouri wrote an open letter to colleagues on Friday asking them to support Alexander in the primary.
U.S. District 7 Election:Dr Sam Alexander, emergency physician and ally of Governor Mike Parson, officially joins the race
Although Alexander never held an elected office, he has been involved in Missouri politics for years. Governor Mike Parson, who Alexander ran against in his first run for State House, appointed Alexander to the State Healing Arts Registration Board in 2019. He also served on the Parson Advisory Board. for MO HealthNet, the state’s Medicaid program, and said it has advised the governor on medical matters, as well as donation to his inauguration.
Alexander contracted with consulting firm Victory Enterprises, according to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission. His campaign had $ 120,147.10 on hand as of September 30 (although Alexander loaned himself $ 90,000 on September 29, according to campaign files, driving up this number).
State Senator Eric Burlison, a Battlefield Republican, tax advisor and investment adviser, hopes to make the leap from Missouri politics to the national stage.
Burlison was elected to the Missouri Senate in 2018, previously seven years in the House. He currently represents part of Greene County and Christian County in the House, and is a member of the Conservative Senate Caucus – a subgroup of Republicans in the House who have taken tough positions on issues such as abortion. and vaccination warrants, sometimes clashing heads with party leadership and the governor.
U.S. District 7 Election:State Senator Eric Burlison Joins the Race
While in the upper house, Burlison was one of the strongest supporters of the Second Amendment Preservation Act, a law passed in Missouri this year that effectively rescinds some federal gun laws and imposes fines on the police who apply them. Earlier this year, he pushed to reintroduce âright to workâ legislation, which bars unions from demanding membership and was rejected by 67% of voters in 2018 to end up on the ballot.
He got the first Conservative mentions, including those of FreedomWorks, House Freedom Fund and US Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. Burlison recently announced Jeff Layman, a former campaign student of former Gov. Eric Greitens and Billy Long, as campaign chair; he also hired the consultant Axiom Strategies. His campaign had $ 143,862.72 until September 30.
State Senator Mike Moon, like Burlison, is trying to make the transition from Jefferson City to Capitol Hill, as the cattle rancher and Sunday School teacher seeks the Republican nomination.
Moon spent several years at Missouri House before winning a Senate seat in 2020, representing parts of Barry, Lawrence, McDonald, Stone and Taney counties. In the year following his arrival in the Upper House, he made his voice heard in the Conservative Senate caucus, urging the Republican supermajority to fund Planned Parenthood, to ban critical race theory (although ‘it is not taught in K-12 schools) and to prioritize âelectoral integrity.â He has also been a vocal opponent of vaccination warrants, attend a Springfield protest outside the Mercy Hospital in August.
U.S. District 7 Election:State Senator Mike Moon announces his race
Ash Grove lawmaker gained national notoriety in 2017 when he posted a video on social media decapitate a chicken while urging former governor Eric Greitens to take tougher action on abortion providers. In the online ad announcing his candidacy, Moon said if elected he would represent voters rather than lobbyists or “party leaders” – a mindset he recently brought to the Missouri Senate. , where he and other members of the Conservative caucus quarrel with the party leadership on the rules and traditions of the room.
Moon paid two entrepreneurs a combined $ 10,468 for campaign tips and digital ads in September, campaign records show. He had $ 96,865.23 on hand as of September 30 (Moon loaned $ 5,800 on the same day).
The only woman to have filed for the race so far, Audrey Richards hopes to forge her own path in the primary realm.
A native of Joplin and a graduate of George Washington University, Richards never held an elected office but spent time in Washington, working for the Federal Office of the Comptroller of the Currency for six years.
His platform is far removed from the rest of the Republican field – closer to the typical Progressive Democrat than a GOP member. She frequently repostes criticism of Republicans and the Biden administration on Twitter, and focuses on funding education and increased support for rural communities.
Richards, who runs under the slogan “Rural. Republican. Relentless,” argues that his ideology and candidacy are not confined to one party. She ran as an independent written candidate in 2020, garnering 1,279 votes, according to Ballotpedia.
She did not submit quarterly fundraising records to the Federal Election Commission.
After working as a lawmaker and state mayor, Jay Wasson is now running for Congress.
Wasson had not initially planned to campaign for the seat, he told the News-Leader in September, but said recent spending proposals by Democratic leaders in Washington frustrated and prompted him to participate in the race. He served as mayor of Nixa for five years before being elected to six terms in Jefferson City – four in the House and two in the Senate. He also sits on the board of directors of Missouri State University.
U.S. District 7 Election:Former Nixa Mayor State Senator Jay Wasson enters the race
As a lawmaker, Wasson focused on funding education and balancing state budgets, a policy he vowed to uphold if elected to Congress. He said he would push for a “balanced budget amendment” that would only allow Congress to spend as much money as the revenues collected in any given year. In his announcement, he also touched on popular Republican talking points, criticizing the Biden administration’s immigration policy as well as critical race theory.
Since Wasson registered as a candidate with the Federal Election Commission on October 4, data on his fundraising and spending is not yet available.
A retired army colonel, political science professor and author is also part of the Republican primary field.
Paul Walker, a Springfield resident and alumnus of Missouri State University, told the News-Leader his aim in running was to “fight the awakened left and help continue our leader’s policies. party, Donald Trump “.
“Ronald Reagan once said,” Freedom was only a generation away, “Walker said.” I’m not going to let that happen. “
Walker is the author of several books on US history, including “Truman’s Dilemma: Invasion or the Bomb” and “Cavalry Battle That Saved the Union: Custer vs. Stuart at Gettysburg”.
He did not submit quarterly fundraising records to the Federal Election Commission.