Alferman speaks

Interested candidates will have until Thursday, June 14, to file for a recently vacated Missouri House seat representing portions of Franklin, Gasconade and Osage counties.

The 61st District seat held by former State Rep. Justin Alferman, R-Hermann, since January 2014 was vacated Monday when he tendered his resignation after accepting a position in Gov. Mike Parson’s administration.

Alferman received a court order Thursday signed by 20th Judicial Circuit Presiding Judge Ike Lamke withdrawing him from the Aug. 7 primary election ballot which also opened filing for the seat for five working days beginning Friday, June 8.

Candidate filing at the Missouri secretary of state’s office in Jefferson City will close at 5 p.m. on June 14. 

The secretary of state’s office notified the county clerks of the three counties affected by the ballot changes and will certify the new candidates at that time.

The five-day filing period will be open to both Democrat and Republican candidates.

When filing originally closed earlier this spring, Alferman was the only Republican to file and Pamela Menefee, Washington, was the only Democrat.  

Alferman’s departure means two of the four House seats representing Franklin and portions of St. Louis, Gasconade and Osage counties will have a new representative in office come November.

Several candidates also will be vying for the 109th District seat representing parts of Washington, Union and Villa Ridge.

State Rep. Paul Curtman will be forced out of the seat due to term limits at the end of this year.

Constance Garcia, R-Villa Ridge, had originally filed for Curtman’s seat, but her name was withdrawn from the ballot on May 22.

New Job

After submitting his House resignation Monday, Alferman immediately began work as Gov. Parson’s legislative director.

In that role, he will oversee a team of legislative liaisons who will help develop and promote the governor’s legislative priorities and work with members of the House and Senate to pass these priorities into law.