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Mice March

Bruce Franks Jr., state representative of the 78th district, 33, speaks to the St. Louis Housing Authority's Board of Commissioners about the mice infestation in the Clinton-Peabody Housing Complex in St. Louis on Thursday, March 22, 2018. Photo by Austin Steele, asteele@post-dispatch.com

JEFFERSON CITY — Voters in two St. Louis area House districts will choose replacements in November for recently departed lawmakers.

In action Thursday, Gov. Mike Parson called for special elections on Nov. 5 to fill four open House of Representative seats. Two are in the Kansas City area, held by former Reps. Brandon Ellington and DaRon McGee.

The other two are for seats held by former Reps. Bruce Franks of St. Louis and Cora Faith Walker of Ferguson.

Franks announced his resignation in May but did not formally leave the post until Wednesday. He plans to move to Washington, D.C.

Walker resigned her seat last week to serve as director of policy for St. Louis County Executive Sam Page.

“We greatly appreciate the service of Representatives Ellington, McGee, Walker, and Franks to the State of Missouri,” Parson said. “We will work quickly to fill these vacancies and ensure that all Missourians are represented here in the Capitol.” 

Among those vying for Franks’ 78th District seat are Rasheen Aldridge and Marty Murray, both Democrats.

Party nominees are chosen to run in special elections by committee members.

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Kurt Erickson is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch