Primary election season is underway for the open seat in Missouri’s 7th Congressional District. It’s a crowded field, which includes three Democrats. KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.
Billy Long has represented Missouri’s 7th District since 2011 and was reelected by a 42.3% margin two years ago. A lot has changed since then. Long is running for the US Senate after Roy Blunt decided to retire rather than run for another six-year term.
Long’s departure from Congress has enticed 12 candidates from three parties to run to succeed him. Including John Woodman, a former Republican, who says he was drawn to the party in the early 1980s during a different time in the GOP’s history.
“I think I was drawn to the Republican party for a lot of the same reasons that a lot of people are attracted. We have narratives in our political discourse. And I believed the narratives that were presented from the Republican side. It didn’t hurt that I am Uncle, who is a very committed Republican.”
Democrats Bryce Lockwood and Kristen Radaker-Sheafer are also running to earn Missouri’s 7th Congressional Seat. The final day to register to vote in the August primaries is Tuesday, July 6. Primary election day is Tuesday, August 2.