Missouri Democrats pick candidate to replace Sen. Smith

Monday, September 14, 2009 | 5:37 p.m. CDT; updated 7:32 p.m. CDT, Monday, September 14, 2009

ST. LOUIS — Missouri Democrats have chosen a longtime party committee member from St. Louis to run for a vacant seat in the state Senate.

Democratic state Sen. Jeff Smith of St. Louis resigned the seat last month after pleading guilty to federal charges of obstruction of justice. Smith admitted lying to the Federal Election Commission about a political attack against a rival in a 2004 Democratic congressional primary.

At a weekend meeting, Democratic Party officials nominated 62-year-old Joe Keaveny for a Nov. 3 special election to fill Smith's former seat.

Keaveny is the Democratic committeeman in the 28th ward of St. Louis. He's also a former bank employee.

The Missouri Fourth Senate District includes a large part of St. Louis. It's considered reliably Democratic.


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