West-central Missouri’s sprawling fourth congressional district has had only two congressional representatives since 1977: Democrat Ike Skelton from 1977-2010 and Republican Vicky Hartzler from 2011 to today.
That will change in January, because U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Harrisonville) is seeking Missouri’s GOP U.S. Senate nomination. Seven Republicans are seeking the GOP nomination to replace Hartzler in today’s (Tuesday) primary. Those seven include State Sen. Rick Brattin (R-Harrisonville), former Kansas City television news anchor Mark Alford, former Boone County clerk Taylor Burks and Stockton farmer Kalena Bruce.
The GOP primary winner will face Lamar Democrat Jack Truman in November.
The new district includes parts of Columbia and northern Boone County. It also includes Hallsville, Sturgeon, Sedalia and Fort Leonard Wood. It’s a solidly Republican district.