Voters will have choices to make in replacing former state Senator Jeff Smith and Representative Steve Brown.
Secretary of State spokeswoman Laura Egerdal says three candidates have filed in the 4th State Senate District to replace Smith; two have filed in the 73rd House District to replace Brown. Egerdal says that in the Senate race Democrat Joe Keaveny is joined by Constitution Party candidate Howard Hampton and Independent candidate Mike Hathaway. As an independent, Hathaway will have to have 819 signatures of registered voters verified by the St. Louis Election Board to be placed on the ballot.
In the 73rd race, Democrat Stacey Newman will run against Republican Daniel O’Sullivan, Jr.
Smith and Brown, both Democrats from St. Louis, confessed to violating federal election laws in Smith’s failed 2004 Congressional campaign. The two funded and directed an anonymous smear campaign against the eventual winner of the race, Congressman Russ Carnahan. Smith recovered from the loss in the Congressional race to win election to the State Senate in 2006. Brown, who worked in the Attorney General’s office for 10 years, won election to the Missouri House in 2008.
The special election will be held November 3rd.