Missouri State Representative Steve Hodges from East Prairie is the Democratic Party's choice to replace former U.S. representative Jo Ann Emerson. He considers himself a conservative Democrat, and tells KZIM-KSIM that he is concerned for confusion about his party being made up solely of liberals. Hodges says he believes the Republican nominee Missouri House Speaker Pro Tem Jason Smith will be too right leaning where compromise is needed in order to best serve the people of Missouri. The special election to replace Emerson will be June 4th.
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