Democrat candidates talk at forum in Poplar Bluff - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Democrat candidates talk at forum in Poplar Bluff

(Source: Multimedia Journalist Todd Tumminia) (Source: Multimedia Journalist Todd Tumminia)
Todd Mahn of DeSoto, Missouri (Source: Multimedia Journalist Todd Tumminia) Todd Mahn of DeSoto, Missouri (Source: Multimedia Journalist Todd Tumminia)
The wife of Markel Fitchpatrick, Ramona, spoke on his behalf (Source: Multimedia Journalist Todd Tumminia). The wife of Markel Fitchpatrick, Ramona, spoke on his behalf (Source: Multimedia Journalist Todd Tumminia).
State Rep. Linda Black from Desloge (Source: Multimedia Journalist Todd Tumminia). State Rep. Linda Black from Desloge (Source: Multimedia Journalist Todd Tumminia).
Dr. Jack Rushin from Poplar Bluff (Source: Multimedia Journalist Todd Tumminia). Dr. Jack Rushin from Poplar Bluff (Source: Multimedia Journalist Todd Tumminia).
  • Inside KAIT8.comMore>>

  • Republican candidates talk at forum

    Republican candidates talk at forum

    The political faithful from across Southeast Missouri gathered in Cape Girardeau to hear what the future will look like on Capital Hill. The change comes about after Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson decided
    The political faithful from across Southeast Missouri gathered in Cape Girardeau to hear what the future will look like on Capital Hill.
POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) -

Democratic committee party members hosted a forum in Poplar Bluff Sunday to interview nominees for Missouri's 8th District congressional seat.

Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson resigned her seat last week.

The meeting started at St. Andrew Lutheran Church at 4 p.m.

Todd Mahn was first candidate to speak. He owns two funeral homes and a cemetery, and is from DeSoto.

The wife of Markel Fitchpatrick, Ramona, spoke on her husband's behalf. Fitzpatrick is from Blodgett.

Rep. Linda Black is from Desloge and represents the 117th Missouri House District that covers St. Francois County.

Dr. Jack Rushin was the final candidate to speak. He is from Poplar Bluff. 

The candidates underwent a question and answer period with committee members. Questions included Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and economy in the 8th District.

Mike Masterson, Chairman of Cape Girardeau County Central Democratic Committee, says candidate Barry Aycock of Parma withdrew on Friday. He adds it was decided late Saturday night that the meeting would be open to the public.

Democrats say they will select a candidate February 16 at St. Andrew Lutheran Church. That meeting will be open to public.

A special election will be held on June 4 to pick Emerson's successor.

Copyright 2013 KFVS. All rights reserved.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Rookie from New Jersey wins World Series of Poker, $8.1M

    Rookie from New Jersey wins World Series of Poker, $8.1M

    Saturday, July 22 2017 8:52 PM EDT2017-07-23 00:52:37 GMT
    Sunday, July 23 2017 2:44 PM EDT2017-07-23 18:44:26 GMT
    The marquee no-limit Texas Hold 'em main event of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas is down to the final three players vying for the top prize of more than $8.1 million.
    The marquee no-limit Texas Hold 'em main event of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas is down to the final three players vying for the top prize of more than $8.1 million.
  • ASP: One dead, two injured in crash

    ASP: One dead, two injured in crash

    Sunday, July 23 2017 9:53 AM EDT2017-07-23 13:53:01 GMT
    Sunday, July 23 2017 1:34 PM EDT2017-07-23 17:34:21 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    A White County woman was killed and two others were injured Saturday night in a two-vehicle accident, according to a preliminary fatality report from the Arkansas State Police.

    A White County woman was killed and two others were injured Saturday night in a two-vehicle accident, according to a preliminary fatality report from the Arkansas State Police.

  • Southeast Missouri village lacks officials to make decisions

    Southeast Missouri village lacks officials to make decisions

    Sunday, July 23 2017 1:18 PM EDT2017-07-23 17:18:40 GMT
    (Source: AP Graphics Bank)(Source: AP Graphics Bank)

    A village in southeast Missouri has no elected officials to make decisions after flooding in recent years prompted residents to move because they received federal buyouts.

    A village in southeast Missouri has no elected officials to make decisions after flooding in recent years prompted residents to move because they received federal buyouts.

Powered by Frankly