Candidates are set for 2014 Election Cycle

On Tuesday, the Secretary of State closed filing options for the upcoming elections this summer and fall. The primary election will be held on August 5th, 2014 and winners will face off in the general election on November 4, 2014. You can preview the full list of candidates here. Top news relating to races in Missouri include:

Freshman Congressman Jason Smith (R-Salem) is unopposed in his first campaign for re-election: Smith previously served as Speaker Pro-Tem in the Missouri House of Representatives before winning a special election last fall to replace former Congresswoman JoAnn Emerson (R-Cape Girardeau). Read more.

Who Will Replace Lamping in STL County Senate Seat? Senator John Lamping (R-Ladue) is not seeking re-election in a seat represents Ladue, Clayton, Creve Coeur, and other portions of St. Louis County. Representative Jill Schupp (D-St. Louis) is the only Democrat in the race and will face the winner of a Republican primary that includes Robb Hicks, M.D., attorney Jack Spooner, and Jay Ashcroft. Ashcroft is the son of former Governor John Ashcroft and filed for office a few hours before the deadline on Tuesday. Read more here in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

A Showdown in Jefferson County: In what might be the closest Senate race in the state, Representative Jeff Roorda (D-Barnhart) is up against Representative Paul Wieland (R-Imperial) for a State Senate seat in Jefferson County that has been held by Senator Ryan McKenna (D-Festus) for the last eight years.

Former Legislator Unopposed in Open Senate Seat: Former State Representative Dan Hegeman (Cosby) is unopposed in his bid to replace term limited Senator Brad Lager (R-Savannah)

Riddle vs. Schieffer in Mid-MO Senate Race: Rep. Jeanie Riddle (R-Mokane) is unopposed in the August primary and will face off against Democrat Ed Schieffer (D-Troy) in November to replace term-limited Senator Jolie Justus.

Three Way GOP Primary in St. Charles: Three Republicans to compete in seat held by term limited Senator Scott Rupp (R-St. Charles), who could be leaving his seat earlier than intended due to an appointment this week by Governor Jay Nixon to the Public Service Commission. GOP candidates include Representative Chuck Gatschenberger (R-Lake St. Louis) and former Representatives Bob Onder, M.D. (R-Lake. St. Louis) and Vicki Schneider (R-O’Fallon). Read more.

Schatz is Only GOP in Bid to Replace Senator Nieves: First term Senator Brian Nieves (R-Washington) recently chose not to run for re-election. Representative Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) has the upper hand as the only Republican in a highly conservative district. After a large fundraising stint over the last month, Schatz was able to prevent competition from Speaker Tim Jones (R-Eureka), who is also term limited after this year.

Incumbent Senators with Opposition: Senators Rob Schaaf, M.D. (R-St. Joseph), Mike Kehoe (R-Jefferson City), and Dan Brown (R-Rolla).

Incumbent Senators Running Unopposed: Senators Will Kraus (R-Lee’s Summit), Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown), Mike Parson (R-Bolivar), Jay Wasson (R-Nixa), Bob Dixon (R-Springfield), and Majority Floor Leader Ron Richard (R-Joplin). Read more.