Legislative Column for the Week of Feb. 2, 2015
Opening Up the Election Process

On Monday, Feb. 9, the Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee will hold a hearing regarding a measure I sponsored, Senate Bill 117. The bill seeks to open up the process of filling for offices vacated by death or resignation. Under current law, central committees within the political parties may nominate the candidate of their choice prior to a special election to fill such a vacancy.

My legislation would require a primary election be held 45 days before the special election to choose candidates based on a vote of the people. This takes the selection process out of the hands of a few and places it in the hands of the voters.

In addition, the bill would require notices of vacancies to be published locally, as well as the filing deadlines for candidates wishing to run for that office.

I think this legislation brings more transparency to the election process, and creates a more level playing field for interested parties.


I always encourage my constituents to feel free to contact me throughout the year with comments, questions or suggestions by calling my office at (573) 751-5713. To find more information about the bills I sponsor, or visit www.senate.mo.gov/brown.

Thank you for reading this and for your participation in state government.