Here Is Exactly How The Special Election To Replace Jo Ann Emerson Will Be Conducted. (We Think)

Republican Central Committee Meeting

I’ve gotten a lot of emails and comments asking for more information on the special election process in Missouri’s 8th Congressional District. So I went to the smartest person I know about this stuff: Frieda Keough.

Here’ what I learned:

Eddie Justice, the Chair of the 8th Congressional District will call a meeting. Anyone wanting to be appointed to run for the 8th Congressional District shows up at the meeting and will be put before the committee.

Eddie Justice will call the meeting probably two weeks after the Governor calls for a special Election, once JoAnn Emerson resigns, probably February 1, 2013. The special election can be anytime between April and August. Eddie will call the meeting for nomination no less than two weeks after the announcement by the Governor.

This is what I was told by Eddie Justice. The MRP office in Jeff City told me that I had to write a letter with my information to Eddie Justice. Eddie did not say that.

How Does This Differ From Regular Elections?

1. No need for candidates to file with Secretary of State (as far as we can tell). Candidates just show up at the committee meeting and plead their case.

2.  Therefore, no petition drive is necessary.

3.  No primary campaigning, but there will be an election between the party nominees.

4.  No primary election, so people who want their views heard will have to express them to committeemen committeewomen between now and about February 20.

5.  Since the committee people ARE the party, “the party” has complete control. But, this crop of committee people are believed to be far more grassroots and far less establishment than in years past.

Here’s the OFFICIAL Story From MRP’s Press Release

Frieda gave a lot more detail and her source is Eddie Justice, the guy who will actually preside over the committee meeting.

Still, you should know what the Missouri Republicans said in a press release today:

The process for selecting a replacement:

The following process will occur once a vacancy is declared (in this case, it will not be until February):

Once the Governor and Secretary of State are notified of the vacancy, the Secretary of State will have 24 hours to notify the 8th Congressional District GOP Committee.

The Governor will select the date for the election, and according to RSMO 21.110, he must provide at least 10 weeks notice.

Once the 8th Congressional District GOP Committee is informed of the vacancy, the Chairman of the committee will call a meeting of the committee to select a Republican candidate to run in the special election. The meeting must occur within the congressional district, and a majority of members of the committee must attend in person.

What we don’t know is the method of voting in the committee meeting. It’s possible that the committee will decide those rules and procedures at the meeting. If I learn more, I’ll post it.

In the meantime, I’ll leave with one more pearl from Frieda.

All seems pretty loosey goosey and could be open to different interpretations.

I can’t argue with that.



4 thoughts on “Here Is Exactly How The Special Election To Replace Jo Ann Emerson Will Be Conducted. (We Think)”

  1. There will be 80 citizens on 8th CD Committee and the involved Legislative Committees making 92 votes. The primary will consist of wooing those 80 voters.

    I might say these folks are ‘somewhat’ more grass roots instead of ‘far more’.

  2. Thanks for this information, Bill. Pardon my ignorance here, but I was told that the County Committee Chairs, County Committee Vice Chairs, Legislative District Chairs, and Legislative District Vice Chairs of the MO8 district will be the people who determine the nominee (presumably through a voting process). Are the people in the aforementioned positions the ones that actually make up the MO GOP 8th District Congressional Committee?

  3. Bill –

    Here is the most up-to-date information I’ve seen regarding the nomination process on the GOP side of things. I just saw this posted on the Facebook page of “Missouri 8th Congressional District Republicans” this morning. I thought I would share it with you in case you haven’t already gotten this information:

    8th Congressional Republican Committee
    Nomination Meeting
    Proposed Rules

    1. Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised 11th Edition, shall govern this meeting unless they are in conflict with the Rules of Missouri Revised Statute or the rules agreed to by this committee. All decisions by the Parliamentarian are final.

    2. Eligible voters for this nomination meeting include the duly elected (according to Missouri Revised Statute) Chair and Vice Chair of each County Republican Committee, and the Chair and Vice Chair of each Republican Legislative Committee located in whole or in part in the 8th Congressional District. Each position listed has a vote to cast if the person holding that position is present.

    3. Nominations of a Candidate may not exceed 1 minute. No second will be necessary and an individual committee member may only nominate one candidate. After the floor has been closed to nominations, each candidate, in the order they were nominated, will be allowed to address the committee for up to 3 minutes.

    4. After a vote is taken, if no candidate has received the Missouri Revised Statute required 50% +1 minimum needed to receive the nomination, the candidate receiving the fewest number of votes will be eliminated from the nomination process and a new vote will be taken. If there is a tie between two or more candidates for the fewest votes received, and that tie is 2 votes or less per candidate, all of those tying candidates are eliminated from consideration. If the total vote for each candidate tied is 3 votes or more, a new election will be held without a candidate having been eliminated. Any candidate that gets no votes during any elections will be eliminated in addition to the candidate that receives the fewest votes. After a vote has been taken, and if no candidate has received the required majority, any current candidate or committee member may request that the body stand at ease for up to 5 minutes. If no request is made, then the meeting will proceed.

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