47th District Republicans will try again to nominate House candidate

Thursday, June 21, 2012 | 4:20 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Republicans from the 47th District will meet again Thursday night to nominate a candidate for state House of Representatives after some procedural questions over Wednesday night's nomination.

On Wednesday night, Republicans met at Shakespeare's West and nominated Columbia attorney Jennifer Bukowsky to run for the House in District 47. However, Boone County Republican Chairman Bruce Cornett has not signed the nomination certificate to put Bukowsky on the ballot because there were not enough members present Wednesday night. 

Cornett needs six of the 11 committee members to attend Thursday's meeting to officially nominate a candidate. Wednesday night there were only four.

"We are having a do-over," Cornett said. 

The committee will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Holiday Inn Executive Center. 

Columbia attorney Bill Samuels, who attended Wednesday night's meeting, said the new vote does not mean Republicans weren't satisfied with the results of the nomination. 

"Everybody is all in favor of Bukowsky," he said. 

Bukowsky defeated Erik Loganbill for the nomination.

The committee met to nominate a new candidate after Darrel Hansen withdrew from the race on June 6. State law requires the party committees to meet within 14 days and select a new candidate after someone has withdrawn. 

The committee could have legal issues with its timing, however. Thursday marks 15 days after Hansen withdrew. Cornett received written notification 14 days ago.

"At this moment we don't have any choice," Cornett said about holding the meeting Thursday night. 

The meeting could also run into legal problems with the state's Sunshine Law. Missouri Press Association attorney Jean Maneke said the committee falls within the state's Sunshine Law requirements. This means the committee is required to post public meetings 24 hours in advance.

"We are caught between a dog and a fire hydrant. We are doing the best we can," Cornett said. 

The eventual Republican nominee will face the winner of the Democratic primary between Nancy Copenhaver and John Wright. 

The 47th House district covers western Boone County, eastern Howard County and stretches north to Moberly in Randolph County. 

Bukowsky is not a resident of the 47th District, but a state Supreme Court decision Tuesday allows candidates to run in a different district because of redistricting this cycle.

Supervising editor is Dan Burley.

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