There now will be four candidates trying to unseat Congressman Jason Smith in the November election for Missouri's Eighth District seat.
There now will be four candidates trying to unseat Congressman Jason Smith in the November election for Missouri’s Eighth District seat.
Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander Monday announced that one independent candidate has been certified to appear on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.
Terry Hampton, of West Plains, submitted a sufficient number of valid signatures to be certified as an independent candidate in the congressional district.
Under state law (RSMo 115.321), independent candidates for U.S. Congress must submit valid signatures of registered voters in the district equal to at least 2 percent of the total number of votes cast in the last election in that district.
Four other individuals did not submit the required number of valid signatures to qualify for the ballot.
Smith, a Republican, filed in February to retain his seat.
He won a special election in June 2013 after former Rep. Jo Ann Emerson resigned to become CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.
In addition to Hampton, the independent party candidate, Smith is being challenged by Barbara Stocker, of Silva, a Democratic; Doug Enyart, of Piedmont, a Constitution Party candidate; and Rick Vandeven, of Chaffee, a Libertarian Party candidate.