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Lloyd Smith will seek nomination in 8th District

Sunday, December 30, 2012

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Lloyd Smith, executive director of the Missouri Republican Party and former chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, announced Friday he will seek to be nominated as a candidate for the 8th Congressional District.

In an email to members of the Republican congressional committee, who will choose a nominee for the seat to run in a special election, Smith said he hopes to talk with committee members about his vision for serving in Congress and wants to answer questions they may have about his background, family, faith, philosophy of government and political experience.

Emerson announced earlier this month she will retire from serving the 8th district in Congress to become president and CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, a not-for-profit group that represents the interests of rural electric cooperatives and public power districts.

Smith is from East Prairie, Mo.

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A good Republican, a good conservative who would probably do a good job. However, we need someone who has actually run for office, someone who has won an election. Peter Kinder is the only Republican to win statewide office in the last election and deserves serious consideration for that reason.

-- Posted by tom on Sat, Dec 29, 2012, at 11:38 PM

The Mo. Republican party would be stronger with Lt. Governor Kinder staying on the job in Jefferson City and Lloyd Smith taking the congressional seat. Both men are capable, but losing a key statewide office holder could be costly. Having both in office would be best.

-- Posted by smcpheeters on Sun, Dec 30, 2012, at 7:02 AM

Keep in mind that if Peter Kinder went to Washington the Lt. Governor's office would remain open and unfilled. Missouri has no provision for appointing or special electing a replacement for Lt. Governor. Hence, the office would remain open and we would save the money for the salary. To say nothing of zillions in expenses!

Lloyd Smith is a good guy and a relatively sensible person. He would be unbeatable for election and re-election. Mr. Kinder, on the other hand, would present fascinating possibilities were he to be cast into the fleshpots of Washington.

-- Posted by Pythagoras on Sun, Dec 30, 2012, at 7:53 AM

I'm interested in hearing his positions not his party affiliation. I'll vote for a moderate. No Peter, no Teaparty.

-- Posted by grandma73 on Sun, Dec 30, 2012, at 9:59 AM

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