Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced Thursday that the Judicial Redistricting Commission has filed Missouri State Senate redistricting maps with his office.
Ashcroft, who is the chief elections officer for Missouri, has the district maps available on the Secretary of State official website, SOS.mo.gov.
“I applaud the House citizen panel for their quick and unanimous efforts regarding Missouri House districts and, as well, want to thank the judges for finishing the new senate districts while candidate filing is still open,” Ashcroft said.
“Running for office is a great endeavor. I commend those willing to put forth the hard work and financial resources required to run a campaign,” Ashcroft said.
Since redistricting last occurred following the 2010 Census, Missouri’s 33rd Senatorial District has consisted of Douglas, Howell, Oregon, Ozark, Ripley, Texas, Webster and Wright counties.
Beginning with the 102nd General Assembly, which begins next January, residents of four counties State Sen. Karla Eslinger currently represents will be assigned to a different senatorial district. Three counties previously part of other districts will join the 33rd.
Under the new Senate map, residents of Oregon and Ripley counties will be moved to the 25th Senatorial District, which extends to the Mississippi River and encompasses much of southeast Missouri, including the Bootheel.
Wright County residents will be voting for a senator to represent the remapped 16th District, which is located primarily to the northeast of that county, Eslinger said.
Webster County will become the eastern border of the 20th, a four-county legislative district that surrounds but doesn’t include the city of Springfield and stretches west to the Kansas line.
Two counties previously included in the 29th District — Stone and Taney — will become part of the 33rd Senatorial District and Shannon County, which was previously included in the 25th District.
“I’m disappointed to be losing Oregon, Ripley, Webster and Wright counties, as I’ve come to know so many good people in these parts of my district,” Eslinger said in an update from the capitol on Thursday.
“I will continue to count all these folks as friends, just as I will continue to serve all the residents of these counties as their voice in the Missouri Senate throughout the remainder of 2022,” Eslinger said.
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