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Jo Ann Emerson

Jason Smith will be the Republican candidate to replace Jo Ann Emerson in southeastern Missouri’s Eighth Congressional District.

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.

Jason Smith says he travelled ten thousand miles during the campaign, and that should help prepare him for the election.

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Missouri Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson will retire from the House of Representatives next February.