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Lincoln County man to seek new Callaway Senate district

The complicated new Missouri 10th Senatorial District, which includes Callaway County, will have another candidate in 2014.

Rep. Ed Schieffer, D-Troy, plans to seek the Democratic nomination for the 10th Senatorial District next year to serve Callaway County in the Missouri Senate.

The new 10th District in the Missouri Senate includes the counties of Callaway, Audrain, Lincoln, Monroe, Montgomery and Warren.

Schieffer, a Lincoln County Democrat, plans to run in a district now represented by Democratic Sen. Jolie Justus, who was elected to the district in Kansas City.

How did a Kansas City senator end up representing Callaway County?

In the Missouri Senate, half of the senators run for four-year terms in even-numbered years and the other half run for re-election in uneven-numbered years.

During Senate redistricting last year, Missouri Senate seats were renumbered. Callaway County’s district was changed from an uneven number to 10, an even number.

Justus is the current senator representing the 10th District, and her term in office does not expire until the end of 2014. That created the unusual situation of someone elected from Kansas City representing Callaway County and other north central Missouri and eastern Missouri counties for two years in the Missouri Senate.

Justus still operates her Senate district office in Kansas City and says she has a home in Holts Summit.

Justus was first elected to the Missouri Senate in 2006 and was re-elected to her Kansas City district in 2010. When her four-year term expires at the end of 2014, she is ineligible to run for re-election in the Senate.

State term limits allow Missouri legislators to serve eight years in either the House or Senate. They also can serve eight years in either the House or Senate and another eight years in the other body, for a total of 16 years.

Senators can be elected to a maximum of two four-year terms and representatives can be elected to a maximum of four two-year terms.

Last year Rep. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane, filed for the new Missouri Senate 7th District that was created by redistricting. But that redistricting plan was declared invalid by the courts and a new district was created. It was numbered as the 10th District, an even number.

Since even-numbered districts were not up for re-election until 2014, Riddle in 2012 decided to file for re-election from Callaway County to the House for a two-year term ending in 2014 in the newly created 49th House District.

Riddle was first elected in 2008 and her eight-year term limit in the House has not yet expired. Under term limits, Riddle could file for another two-year term in the House.

Although she has not yet indicated her plans, Riddle is more likely to seek the new 10th Senatorial District when filings open for that office in 2014.

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