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GOP panel picks Rolla businessman to run for Smith's old seat

Feb 19, 2014 -- 5:44am

Southeast Missourian

Members of the 120th Legislative District Republican Committee selected a candidate Monday night for the special election to fill the Missouri House seat left vacant by Jason Smith. Rolla-area businessman Shawn Sisco was declared the party's nominee.  The committee consists of 26 members who represent the district -- which encompasses most of Crawford County as well as the eastern part of Phelps County -- but only 20 were present for the vote Monday night.

Smith, a Republican, resigned from the 120th House District after winning a June 4 special election to replace U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, who resigned to lead the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Gov. Jay Nixon set the special election to fill Smith's vacant seat for Aug. 5.  On Tuesday, a judge rejected a lawsuit seeking to compel Gov. Jay Nixon to set special legislative elections, including for Smith's old seat.  Two House seats and the Senate seat have been vacant since December.

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