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Candidates seek Haahr’s House seat

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A Springfield attorney, land surveyor and train conductor have thrown their hats in the ring to take over Rep. Elijah Haahr’s seat in the Missouri House of Representatives.

Two Republicans, Alex Riley, an attorney at McAfee & Taft PC, and Daniel Romine, a conductor for BNSF Railway, and a Democrat, Derrick Nowlin, a site planner at Springfield Sign & Neon, last week filed with the Missouri secretary of state’s office.

Riley has been endorsed by Haahr to succeed him, according to a news release from Riley’s campaign team. Haahr is terming out after serving as a representative since 2012.

“Alex is a champion for conservative values. He is pro-life and supports smaller government,” Haahr said in the release. “I can think of no one better to continue representing the people of this district with a strong, conservative voice.”

Both Nowlin and Romine previously attempted to unseat Haahr, according to Ballotpedia.org. Haahr was re-elected in November 2018 over Nowlin, according to past reporting.

Nowlin on his campaign Facebook page said he’s running for the underrepresented population in the area.

“The people agree with expanding Medicaid, restoring funding to our public schools, and especially, getting money out of politics,” he said on his Facebook page.

On his personal Facebook page, Romine pointed to past experience building and designing projects for the Air Force.

“As an infrastructure planner, I have helped build and design projects in Missouri,” he said. “Although infrastructure will be my forte, education, security and business investment are part of my experience and vision for our future.”

The primary election is scheduled Aug. 4.

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