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Schulte wins Missouri House District 49 seat

by Joe Gamm | November 9, 2022 at 4:45 a.m.
Submitted photo: Jim Schulte


Republican candidate Jim Schulte has been voted the new representative for District 49 of the Missouri House of Representatives.

Schulte ran against Democratic candidate Jessica Slisz for the seat, which includes most of Callaway County. The previous representative was Travis Fitzwater, who ran for Missouri Senate in District 10.

According to unofficial results from the Callaway County Clerk's Office, Schulte received 9,263 votes (71.61 percent), while Slisz received 3,666 votes (28.34 percent).

To get to this point, Schulte ran against two other Republican candidates in the August primary election. Steve Myers and Shannon Graziano were his opponents. Slisz ran unopposed in the primary election.

In his campaign, Schulte said he would defend the Constitution, enact pro-life policies and oppose new taxes, according to his campaign website. He is a 41-year veteran of the Army Reserve and National Guard, as well as the owner of Sand Spring Shooting Academy in New Bloomfield.

In Slisz's campaign, she had a focus on the rural lifestyle. This included expanding rural healthcare and protecting family farms, according to Slisz's campaign website. She is from Callaway County, and received a degree in political science from Westminster College. She also previously worked in the healthcare field, including at University Hospital.

District 59

Rep. Rudy Veit, R-Wardsville, retained his Missouri House of Representatives District 59 seat.

He was unopposed during the general election.

Veit mused on the expected turnout for the election as polls neared closing.

"I thought about it this morning driving in," he said. "Everybody I talk to has an opinion, but only a third show up to vote. I don't quite understand that."

He added he hadn't spoken to anybody who wasn't at least "semi-opinionated" about the election -- one way or the other.

"Any party -- if they can just bring out 80 percent of their voters -- can win," Veit said.

He received 10,450 votes (100 percent) Tuesday.

During the primary election in August, he faced off against George Bacon for the Republican nomination.

Bacon presented himself as an alternative to Veit. He campaigned on the promise to get voters more involved in the law-making process.

Bacon criticized Veit's support of increases to the state gas tax. Veit defended the increases for repair and improvement of state roads and bridges, pointing out other well-known Republicans had historically supported taxes when the need was well established.

District 61

Incumbent Rep. Bruce Sassmann, a Republican from Bland, represents House District 61, which includes parts of Cole, Osage, Maries, Miller, Gasconade, Crawford and Phelps counties. He was first elected to the House two years ago.

Sassmann was unopposed in his re-election effort this year.

He received 12,849 votes (100 percent).

Rep. Don Mayhew, R-Crocker, represents House District 124, which includes Phelps and Pulaski counties. He has served four years in the Missouri House.

Mayhew received 11,374 votes (100 percent).

District 58

Incumbent Rep. Willard Haley, R-Eldon, defeated a challenger for the Republican nomination for the House District 58 seat in August, and was unopposed Tuesday. He first won the seat two years ago.

Haley ran as a voice for farmers and teachers. He vowed to extend tax credits for farmers and small businesses and to make it easier for cosmetologists to expand outside brick-and-mortar buildings.

"There's kind of a learning curve in the first two years (in office). You don't have much seniority or clout and you don't get to be heard as much as you do when you've been in there longer. So it takes some experience to be able to get your bills heard," Haley said. "I look forward to being able to accomplish more things now that I have two years of experience."

Complete results were not available for the District 58 seat at press time Tuesday.

All results are unofficial.


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