Eighth Congressional District candidate profiles

Sunday, October 26, 2008
Joe Allen

Jo Ann Emerson

Party: Republican

Born: Sept. 16, 1950, Bethesda, Md.

Spouse: Ron Gladney

Occupation: Member of Congress

Children: 2 adult daughters, 5 adult stepdaughters and 1 adult stepson.

Public offices: Member of Congress since 1996. Member of the House Appropriations Committee and the Agriculture, Interior and Energy and Water Subcommittees.

Branden McCullough

Website: www.joannemerson.com

Joe Allen

Party: Democratic

Born: July 8, 1977, Mansfield, Mo.

Jo Ann Emerson

Spouse: not married

Occupation: Lawyer

Employer: The Merrell Law Firm, City of Rockaway Beach, Mo.

Public offices: Municipal prosecutor for the city of Rockaway Beach

Richard Smith

Website: www.Allen4Congress.com

Branden McCullough

Party: Libertarian

Born: March 12, 1979, Cape Girardeau

Spouse: Beth

Children: None

Occupation: Teacher, doctoral student in history

Employer: Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Public offices: None

Past campaigns: U.S. Congress, 2006

Website: www.votebrandenforchange.com

Richard L. Smith

Party: Constitution

Born: May 4, 1965, Fredricktown, Mo.

Spouse:Susan

Children: Two, ages 20 and 10

Occupation:Truck driver

Public offices: None

Past campaigns: Governor, 2000

Website: www.voterlsmith.org

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