The next election that you may vote in is the general election, November 6, 2018. In 2010, the Tea Party movement was in full swing. It is now 8 years later, and all those elected in 2010 are now “termed-out.” A full 50 new representatives will be occupying those offices. This is very nearly one-third of the 163 state house seats. The senate is a bit different. There are only 34 senate districts in Missouri, and every 2 years, half of them are up for re-election, with even numbered districts up in even years and odd numbered districts are up in odd years. Of the 17 seats involved in the election this year, 9 of them are open seats of senators that are termed out: Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D), and the following Republicans: Mike Kehoe (6), Will Kraus[ ( ), Dan Brown ( ), Brian Munzlinger ( ), Jay Wasson ( ), Bob Dixon ( ), Ron Richard ( , and former Speaker of the House), and Rob Schaaf. Platform-following Republicans say good riddance to many of them with the exception of Will Kraus, and perhaps Dan Brown and Brian Munzlinger. However, the bad news is that former used car salesman senator Mike Kehoe has now been appointed Lieutenant Governor by the former Lt. Governor Mike Parson when he suddenly became Governor following Governor Greitens’ resignation over an adulterous sex scandal.
There are only 2 statewide races this year: U.S. Senate, where current AG Josh Hawley (R) is attempting to unseat Claire McCaskill (D), and Saundra McDowell (a very solid Republican) who is looking to unseat a Gov. Nixon (D) appointee Nicole Galloway in the State Auditor’s race.