State Senate District race for Northeast Missouri one of the most crowded this year

Four Republicans seeking the nomination for the state senate district representing Northeast Missouri will be featured at a forum on Thursday.

The race to represent State Senate District 18 is among the most closely-watched state races this year, and also one of the most crowded. Sen. Brian Munzlinger, a Lewis County Republican, can not run again due to term limits. Four Republicans and one Democrat are vying for the seat.

The Mark Twain Association of Realtors and Northeast Central Association of Realtors is sponsoring the forum at 7 p.m. June 14 at Palmyra High School, 1723 S. Main, Palmyra.

Although District 18 has a below average population, it is one of the largest in the state by area, making the seat an important one for rural Missouri in Jefferson City.

Four Republicans are seeking the nomination for the seat in the Aug. 7 primary. Three are current House Representatives: Lindell Shumake, of Hannibal, Nate Walker, of Kirksville, and Craig Redmon, of Canton. The fourth candidate is Cindy O'Laughlin, a Shelbina businesswoman.

The winner in the primary will face Democrat Crystal Stephens, of Hannibal, in the November election.

The National Association of Realtors permits single-party forums, so Stephens will not participate in this forum.

The district runs from the Missouri/Iowa border south to Pike County and from the Mississippi River to the Highway 63 corridor (excluding Monroe County).

Each Candidate will have the opportunity to voice their opinion on various topics concerning our 18th District. Topics will range from Education, Economic Development, Fiscal Responsibility, Social Service and more. The public will also have the opportunity to submit questions to the candidates.

“We are extremely excited to bring together senatorial candidates vying to lead Missouri’s 18th district,” said Debbie Kendrick, board member of the Mark Twain Association of REALTORS®. “It is part of our REALTOR® commitment to the public to help elect individuals to office who will protect the property rights of those they represent.”