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Gov. Jay Nixon sets special elections for two KC-area state House seats


When The Star’s Dave Helling speaks, Gov. Jay Nixon listens.

In this particular case, Dr. Dave got the attention of the Missouri governor who, on Tuesday, ordered a special election to fill the vacant 29th District House seat once held by Rep. Noel Torpey of Independence.

Nxon’s order came one day after Helling posted a column pointing to the governor’s failure to schedule a special election for the seat, which has been vacant since December when Torpey resigned.

Not only that, but some people in the 29th District also won’t have a state senator in a few weeks due to the resignation of Paul LeVota, who is stepping away following allegations of sexual harassment of two interns in his office.

The issue, Helling wrote, is “the very definition of taxation without representation.” He added, “It’s appalling.”

Nixon acted one day later.

The election for the 29th District seat will be on Nov. 3, Nixon said in a statement.

Nixon also set a Nov. 3 election date to fill a second Kansas City-area House seat — the 36th District once held by Kevin McManus who was elected recently to the Kansas City Council.

Nixon said voters that day also would fill the empty 89th District seat in St. Louis County vacated by former House Speaker John Diehl, who also resigned following a sexting scandal with an intern.

No special election has been set to fill LeVota’s seat because the effective date of his resignation is Aug. 23, “so there’s no vacancy to act on,” a Nixon spokesman said.