Some local lawmakers are unchallenged for Missouri races

Former House Minority Leader Paul LeVota will be returning to Jefferson City next year, this time as a state senator.

LeVota, an Independence Democrat, ostensibly won the 11th District seat Tuesday when no other candidates filed for the seat.

“I miss serving the public,” said LeVota, who’s been out office for two years because of term limits.

State Sen. Kiki Curls, a Kansas City Democrat, also appears to have won a full term when she went unchallenged Tuesday in the 9th District in the eastern part of the city. Curls, a former House member, won the Senate seat in a special election last year.

No major surprises surfaced for statewide offices as the filing deadline passed at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

In perhaps the premiere area primary race this year, two Kansas City Democrats — state Rep. Jason Holsman and Jackson County legislator Crystal Williams — are set to square off in the new 7th District in south Kansas City. Filing for that office was extended until Friday, because another candidate recently withdrew from the race.

In the 17th District in the southwest corner of Clay County, state Rep. Ryan Silvey of Kansas City, a Republican, is being challenged by former Democratic state Rep. Sandra Reeves of Liberty.

In the 21st District east of Kansas City, incumbent Sen. David Pearce of Warrensburg is being challenged by fellow Republican Mike McGhee of Odessa.

In the 31st District south of Kansas City, Scott Larget of Clinton, Ed Emery of Lamar and Dave Morris of Peculiar, are running in the GOP primary. Democrat Charlie Burton of Drexel was the only Democrat to file.

The Missouri Supreme Court upheld new boundaries for state House districts based upon the 2010 census. The high court issued a one-sentence ruling Tuesday upholding the new districts.