Dates have been selected to pick party nominees for the 8th Congressional District in Missouri.

Democratic Party officials of the 8th Congressional District will choose a nominee Feb. 16 to run in June for the vacant congressional seat, a committee member said Monday.

Committee member Mike Masterson said the vote will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Poplar Bluff. Democrats previously had said the vote would be Feb. 9, but that date has been changed, Masterson said.

Republicans still plan on picking their nominee this Saturday (Feb. 9) at a meeting in Van Buren, according to GOP 8th District Committee Chairman Eddy Justice.

The district, which takes in a wide swath of southern Missouri and includes Texas County, was formerly held by U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, who resigned last month after 17 years in Congress to head the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Gov. Jay Nixon has set a June 4 special election to pick a successor who will finish her term.

Since the vacancy has to be filled mid-term by a special election, the parties aren’t holding primaries to pick their nominees, but are doing it by committee.

The Republican committee vote will be at a meeting starting at 10 a.m. this Saturday at The Landing, 106 Olive St., in Van Buren. The Democratic meeting will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at 2750 Westward Blvd. in Poplar Bluff. Both meetings are open to the public.

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