Members of the GOP candidate selection committee interviewed Thursday night the 12 Republicans looking to become the next member of Congress. At a forum in Salem City Hall, the committee and audience members did not hear much variety in the candidates’ responses, as none of the 12 said they would have voted ‘yes’ for the fiscal cliff solution passed by Congress or that any of them support gun control regulations. The first of two forums to vet the potential replacement for U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson lasted approximately two hours, as each of the hopefuls answered six questions from the committee. Many of the individuals have current or former positions in public office, like Missouri’s Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder, House Speaker Pro Tem Jason Smith, former state Senator Jason Crowell, and Presiding Commissioner of Cape Girardeau County Clint Tracy. A second forum will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Concourse Building in Cape Girardeau. Voting to select a candidate will be scheduled take place during a February meeting in Van Buren, after Rep. Emerson officially turns in her resignation.
Wendell Bailey, a former Congressman.
Jason Crowell, a former state senator.
Peter Kinder, Missouri's lieutenant governor.
Bob Parker, a former candidate for the district.
Todd Richardson, a current state representative.
Jason Smith, who is Speaker Pro Tem in the Missouri House.
Lloyd Smith, executive director of the Missouri Republican Party.
Pedro Sotelo, a Kansas City businessman and service veteran.
Sarah Steelman, a former state representative and former state treasurer.
Clint Tracy, presiding commissioner of Cape Girardeau County
John Tyrrell, a Mountain Grove, Mo., attorney
Wayne Wallingford, a state senator.
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