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Incumbents, challengers file on 1st day for state, congressional offices

Read the full article in the Joplin Globe.

Incumbents and challengers alike submitted their candidacy declarations for Missouri state and congressional offices Tuesday, the first day of the filing period.

The indication is that no race will be more crowded than that of U.S. Senate, for which nearly two dozen Republican and Democratic candidates had filed their candidacy by the end of the day in an attempt to succeed U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, who previously had announced he would not seek reelection. Candidates aim to win their party’s nomination for the position during the Aug. 2 primary election, with the general election Nov. 8.

Audrey Richards, who filed to run in the 7th Congressional District, is among the candidates awaiting new redistricting maps.

“According to the map that has been proposed, I am barely — just barely — still on the inside” of the district, Richards said.

Filing to run seemed a better option than waiting for certainty about the district boundaries, she said.

“I don’t want people to look at me and feel like I’m not committed. So it’s important to, day one, hour one, sign up."
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