An independent running for the U.S. Senate and a slate of candidates from the Missouri Green Party (MOGP) filed petitions on Monday, Aug. 1 for inclusion in the Nov. 8, 2022, general election.
Wood, Kline seeking inclusion in U.S. Senate race
Independent candidate John Wood submitted approximately 22,000 signatures, according to Richard Winger of Ballot Access News, to the office of Missouri Secretary of State John R. Ashcroft in Jefferson City for inclusion on the general election ballot.
Wood was promoted early on as an independent candidate by some mainline Republicans with the potential of gaining more support should former disgraced Gov. Eric Greitens win the party’s nomination for U.S. Senate.
Wood was thrown into the limelight following his previous involvement as an investigator for the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection on the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. as an attempt to invalidate the Electoral College votes in relation to the 2020 presidential election.
A press release from MOGP Friday states that they had submitted over 10,000 petition signatures from over 90 counties. The party nominated its current state outreach coordinator, Nathan Kline, for this race.
The party seeks to “regain the right to run corporate-free candidates” in the upcoming general election.
Should both ballot access petitions be successful, Wood and Kline will join a large field of candidates for the open seat for U.S. Senate. That field includes current Attorney General Eric Schmitt of the Republican Party, Trudy Busch Valentine of the Democratic Party, Jonathan Dine of the Libertarian Party, and Paul Venable of the Constitution Party.
The Libertarian and Constitution parties in Missouri have continuous ballot access if they attain a 2% threshold on the ballot. Dine and Venable were uncontested in their respective primary races.
The seat was held by Republican Roy Blunt, who is retiring, and opted late last year that he was not seeking re-election in 2022.
Lehmann seeks ballot access for Green Party in state auditor race
Like the U.S. Senate race, there is no incumbent for state auditor, as Democrat Nicole Galloway is not seeking re-election in November.
Paul Lehmann was the second and final candidate on a statewide slate, this time for the open race for the office.
If included on the ballot in November, Lehmann will face off in a four-way showdown against the Republican Party’s Scott Fitzpatrick, the Democratic Party’s Alan Green, and the Libertarian Party’s John A. Hartwig Jr. Green and Hartwig were uncontested in their respective primary races.
Green Congressional candidates
The Missouri Green Party was also seeking inclusion on the ballot for two Congressional candidates in the general election.
Bill Hastings, a candidate for the U.S. House’s 3rd Congressional District, is seeking to become the third option on the ballot against Republican incumbent Blaine Luetkemeyer and Democratic opponent Bethany Mann. The Libertarian and Constitution parties did not slate a candidate for this race.
Sue Edward is seeking inclusion on the ballot for the 5th Congressional District against Democratic incumbent Emanuel Cleaver, Republican challenger Jacob Turk, and Libertarian challenger and current Missouri Libertarian Party Vice-Chair Robin Dominick. The Constitution Party did not slate a candidate.