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West Plains area resident Terry Hampton is one step closer to being an official candidate for the Missouri House of Representatives. Hampton, 55, is making a run for the 154th District house seat unaffiliated with a political party and as such is required to petition the Missouri Secretary of State to get on the ballot. She traveled to Jefferson City on Friday to submit her signed petition.
According to Missouri statutes, independent candidates must collect signatures from registered voters, the minimum number required is equal to two percent of the total number of votes cast in the last election for the office being sought. In this case, Hampton said the number is 119, based on 5,933 votes cast in the 2014 election for the District 154 seat.
Hampton said, "I passed the minimum amount needed a few weeks ago, but continued to collect signatures to make sure I'd have enough. There are reasons signatures might not qualify, including that sometimes the way people sign their names changes over time and their current signature won't match the way it looked when they registered to vote. I want to thank everyone who has helped so far and I appreciate those who wanted to sign my petition but didn't get a chance. I didn't want to wait any longer to declare my candidacy. I'm hoping to get certified in the next few weeks and get started with the campaign."
Independents do not take part in the primary process. If Hampton receives certification from the Secretary of State's office, she will be placed directly on the ballot for the November 8 general election.
The deadline has passed for members of political parties recognized by the State of Missouri to file for office. The only other candidate to file for the 154th District house seat is current representative Shawn Rhoads who ran unopposed in 2014 and was re-elected to the seat which he first won in 2012. The 154th District includes all of Howell County, except the extreme northeast corner.
On running as an unaffiliated candidate, Hampton said, "More people than ever, even long-time members of political parties, identify with independent political thinking. I'm willing to work with anyone who knows that the will of the people, not party politics, should be how we're governed."