Jo Ann Emerson en Smith Chosen As GOP Candidate For Missouri 8th District <p>Jason Smith will be the Republican candidate to replace Jo Ann Emerson in southeastern Missouri’s Eighth Congressional District.<br><br>Smith spent the last two months campaigning to an electorate of 86 people - the voting members of the district’s Republican committee. Each party’s committee taps a candidate to run in this summer’s special election. On Saturday, the GOP selected Smith in Van Buren after six rounds of voting.<br><br>Jason Smith says he travelled ten thousand miles during the campaign, and that should help prepare him for the election.<br> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 15:27:21 +0000 Jacob McCleland 31779 at U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson Retires From Congress <p>Missouri Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson will retire from the House of Representatives next February. Mon, 03 Dec 2012 20:37:25 +0000 Jacob McCleland 28458 at U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson Retires From Congress