Eddy Justice, chairman of the GOP's committee that will select a candidate to run in a special election for a replacement for U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, will not seek the nomination himself.
Some speculation among Republicans showed Justice, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., might have interest.
Justice issued the following statement by email Friday:
"In the upcoming months, the 8th Congressional Republican Committee will nominate a candidate to fill the Congressional Seat in Missouri's 8th District. To this point, there have been a number of qualified individuals that have expressed interest in receiving that nomination. I have been made aware that there has also been some question about whether I would seek that position. The truth of the matter is that I do not have any interest at this time to seek this seat. As chairman of this committee, my desire is that the process we use to determine the nominee be smooth, fair and transparent. This is my focus and I will do everything in my power to make it happen."
Still many others, including state Rep. Todd Richardson, also of Poplar Bluff, are interested in the nomination. He confirmed his intention to seek the nomination to the Daily American Republic newspaper earlier this week. A full list of Republicans and Democrats who have expressed interest in the nomination can be viewed at these links:
The committee will meet to select a candidate in the coming months. Emerson, who is retiring from Congress in February after 16 years, has taken a new job as president and CEO of the the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, a not-for-profit organization that represents the interests of electric cooperatives and public power districts.