House Minority Floor Leader Crystal Quade, D-Springfield, addresses the House on Feb. 24, 2022. (Photo by Tim Bommel, Missouri House Communications)

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Former City Councilwoman Angela Romine will square off in the Aug. 2 GOP primary against Lincoln Hough, incumbent state senator, former state representative and Greene County commissioner.

The starter's pistol fired at 5 p.m. to start the 2022 race for the Nov. 8 general election in Missouri.

Greene County's two Democrat state representatives will have Republican challengers, while in four local statehouse races there will not be a Democrat option.

Rep. Crystal Quade, the Democrat House minority leader, has two Republicans seeking to unseat her and Rep. Betsy Fogle will be challenged by A.J. Exner, who waited until Tuesday, the final day, to file to run.

Fogle narrowly won the seat in 2020. She beat incumbent Republican Rep. Steve Helms by 76 votes. It was the only House seat in Missouri to flip from one party to the other that year.

In this story, the Hauxeda used data compiled by a third-party analyst of election results called DRA 2020 to give an idea of the political makeup of House districts.

State Senate District 30

State Senate District 20/Google Maps/Missouri State Senate


Angela Romine, Springfield. Former Zone 1 member of the Springfield City Council. She resigned from the council on Feb . 22.
Lincoln Hough, Springfield. Incumbent. He is a former state representative and a former Greene County commissioner. He owns and operates a cattle ranch.


Raymond Lampert, Springfield. He is an attorney focused on employment law.

State Senate District 20

State Senate District 30/Google Maps/Missouri State Senate The district includes much of the area outside city limits.


Curtis Trent, Springfield. He is an attorney who has represented southwest Springfield and Battlefield in the House since 2016. He has left that seat to run for the Senate.

Brian Gelner, Springfield. He is an executive at the Springfield beer distribution company Heart of America Beverage.

Democrat: None.

State House District 130

Missouri House District 130/Missouri State House

(Calculated as 67% Republican and 29.5% Democrat)

Republican: Bishop Davidson, of Republic. Incumbent. He is the owner/operator of Pelion Learning, which offers educational services to students.

Democrat: None.

House District 131

Missouri House District 131/Missouri House

(Calculated as 73% Republican and 24% Democrat)

Republican: Bill Owen, incumbent. He is a retired banker.

Democrat: None.

House District 132

House District 132/Missouri House

(Calculated as 50% Democrat and and 45.5 % Republican)


Stephanos Freeman, of Springfield.
Swayne Loftis, of Springfield. He works as a conservation contractor with the U.S. Forest Service and the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Democrat: Crystal Quade, of Springfield. Incumbent and House minority leader. She was first elected in November 2016 and is the former director of chapter services at Care to Learn, a nonprofit

House District 133

House District 133/Missouri House

This district is being vacated by Republican Curtis Trent, who is running for state Senate.

(Calculated as 49% Republican and 46% Democrat)

Republican: Melanie Stinnett, of Springfield. She is a speech therapy business owner and a proponent of disability rights.

Democrat: Amy Blansit, of Springfield. She is the founder of the Drew Lewis Foundation, which works to benefit families in northwest Springfield. She is a senior instructor of kinesiology at Missouri State University.

House District 134

House District 134/Missouri House

(Calculated as 62% Republican and 35% Democrat)

Republican: Alex Riley, of Springfield. Incumbent. He is an attorney and was elected in 2020.

Democrat: Samantha Deaton, of Battlefield. She owns a small bakery called “Caked ‘n' Baked” and is a stay-at-home mom.

House District 135

House District 135/Missouri House

(Calculated as 49% Democrat and 46% Republican)

Republican: A.J. Exner, of Springfield. He works for a genetic testing company.  

Democrat: Betsy Fogle, of Springfield. Incumbent. She was elected in 2020. Prior to that, she spent her career in public health.

House District 136

House District 136/Missouri House

(Calculated as 50.5% Republican and 45.7% Democrat)

Republican: Craig Fishel, Springfield. Incumbent. He was elected in November 2018. Fishel is a small business owner. He owns and operates Fishel Pools and served on the Springfield City Council.

Democrat: Stephanie Hein, Springfield. She heads the hospitality leadership department at Missouri State University.

House District 137

House District 137/Missouri House

(Calculated as 67.5% Republican and 30% Democrat)


Thomas R. (Tom) Barr, of Springfield. He is the Greene County circuit clerk.

Darin Chappell, of Rogersville. He is a veteran who has worked as a city administrator for multiple Missouri cities, including Chillicothe, Bolivar and Seymour.

Democrat: None.

Candidates for Missouri's Seventh Congressional District

The district is heavily Republican and is being vacated by Republican U.S. Rep. Billy Long, who is running for the U.S. Senate.

Republican candidates:

  • Jay Wasson, of Nixa
  • Eric Burlison, of Battlefield
  • Audrey Richards, of Kimberling City
  • Camille Lombardi-Olive, of Galena
  • Sam Alexander, of Fair Play
  • Alex Bryant, of Nixa
  • Paul Walker, of Springfield
  • Mike Moon, of Republic

Democrat candidates:

  • John M. Woodman, of Springfield
  • Kristen Radaker-Sheafer, of Joplin
  • Bryce F. Lockwood, of Strafford

Libertarian candidate:

  • Kevin Craig, of Powersite

Steve Pokin

Steve Pokin writes the Pokin Around and The Answer Man columns for the Hauxeda. He also writes about criminal justice issues. He can be reached at His office line is 417-837-3661. More by Steve Pokin