U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson will end her 16 years in Congress today, effective at 11:59 p.m. Her resignation will likely lead to a special election later this year, and marks the latest Emerson could have resigned and an election still be held to coincide with April 2 municipal elections – saving election authorities an estimated 952-thousand dollars for a special election. When asked about the potential candidates to fill her seat, Emerson says she is staying out of it, and feels confident the Republican committee can make the decision, but tells KZIM-KSIM while she likes the potential candidates; she would advise her replacement to remain open minded. While Emerson says she has mixed feelings about leaving, as she will miss the constituents of the 8th district, she is looking forward to getting to know the 800-plus employees of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Republicans are expected to meet Feb. 9 in Van Buren to nominate a candidate from a field of 17 possible nominees. Democrats have not yet released word on their plans.
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