At a recent meeting of Phelps County Democrats, Greg Stratman, of Vienna, pledged that if he is elected 62nd District state representative he will continue to attend Phelps County Democratic events.

"I expect to be your representative in Jefferson City," he told the crowd.

"You're going to have to be," said Janet McKean, president of the Jeffersonian Democratic Club.

Indeed, if Stratman defeats Republican Tom Hurst, of Meta, and is elected to the Missouri House of Representatives, he'll be the only Democrat representing Phelps County in Jefferson City, and his district only includes a small portion of the county, along with portions of six other counties.

Phelps County is split among four legislative districts. Besides the 62nd District, there is the 120th District, where Jason Smith, Republican, has no opposition; the 121st District, where Keith Frederick, Republican, has no opposition, and the 142nd District, where Robert Ross, Republican, has no opposition.

Sen. Dan Brown, Republican, is not up for election this year.

Both Stratman and Hurst have campaigned in Phelps County.

At the Rolla Tea Party Forum, the 62nd District representative candidates were questioned about the role of state government, the way to communicate with constituents, use of federal funds for the state budget and Proposition E, the ballot issue in November that asks Missourians whether they want the state to establish state-based health insurance exchanges without a vote of the people.

Stratman said the role of government is to protect the rights of the people. Hurst said government should offer a "hand-up, not a hand-out."

Both indicated they would seek ways to keep people informed of what they are doing. Both said state spending should be trimmed because one-third of the $24 billion budget comes from the U.S. government.

Hurst said he supports Proposition E, which would require the popular vote for the health insurance exchanges.

Stratman said most of the people in his district would support the proposition.