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Sometimes things get complicated.

State Representative Ellen Brandom (r), one of the Missouri General Assembly’s greats when it comes to tobacco legislation, from Sikeston (the northern part of the city, in Scott County) isn’t term limited out in 2012 but her campaign finance reports indicate that she’s a candidate for the 27th Senate District seat:

COMMITTEE: MECID:C051162

FRIENDS OF ELLEN BRANDOM

OFFICE SOUGHT: STATE SENATOR DISTRICT 27

Date of Election:8/7/2012

Political Party:REPUBLICAN

The 27th Senate District seat is currently held by Senator Jason Crowell (r) who is term limited out in 2012:

COMMITTEE: MECID:C031110

MISSOURIANS FOR CROWELL

OFFICE SOUGHT: STATEWIDE OFFICE

Date of Election:8/5/2014

Political Party:REPUBLICAN

Statewide office? There is a dark side when it comes to term limits:

Lebisch: Is there a proper blessing… for the Tsar?

Rabbi: A blessing for the Tsar? Of course! May God bless and keep the Tsar… far away from us!

Why do we care? Okay, bad question. Why did we notice? Better question. It’s those 48 hour reports at the Missouri Ethics Commission:

C051162 03/28/2011 FRIENDS OF ELLEN BRANDOM SEMO Leadership Committee 526 Tanglewood Sikeston MO 63801 3/28/2011 $14,172.00

C051162 03/30/2011 FRIENDS OF ELLEN BRANDOM Howard Wood 203 NE Main St Bonne Terre MO 63628 Cequel III 3/29/2011 $2,500.00

C051162 03/31/2011 FRIENDS OF ELLEN BRANDOM Missouri Health Care Association PAC 236 Metro Dr Jefferson City MO 65109 3/31/2011 $1,000.00

C051162 03/31/2011 FRIENDS OF ELLEN BRANDOM Randol York PO Box 827 Sikeston MO 63801 Retired 3/31/2011 $2,500.00

C051162 04/01/2011 FRIENDS OF ELLEN BRANDOM Mo Society of Anesthesiologists PO Box 1402 Jefferson City MO 65102 3/31/2011 $2,000.00

C051162 04/06/2011 FRIENDS OF ELLEN BRANDOM MO Ambulatory Surgery Ctr Assn PAC PO Box 6966 Lees Summit MO 64064 4/6/2011 $1,000.00

C051162 05/01/2011 FRIENDS OF ELLEN BRANDOM RightCHOICE Managed Care,Inc. PO Box 68086 Cincinnati OH 45206 4/30/2011 $1,000.00

C051162 05/19/2011 FRIENDS OF ELLEN BRANDOM James Buck 910 N Kingshighway Sikeston MO 63801 SEMO State University 5/19/2011 $1,000.00

C051162 05/19/2011 FRIENDS OF ELLEN BRANDOM Scott Matthews Jr PO Box 506 Sikeston MO 63801 Dentist 5/19/2011 $1,000.00

C051162 05/23/2011 FRIENDS OF ELLEN BRANDOM Flaire Ferrell 111 Wickerwood Sikeston MO 63801 Retired 5/22/2011 $1,000.00

C051162 05/24/2011 FRIENDS OF ELLEN BRANDOM David Strom 80 N Ridge Rd Sikeston MO 63801 Self-employed Real Estate 5/24/2011 $1,000.00

C051162 05/24/2011 FRIENDS OF ELLEN BRANDOM Raymond Glaus Jr 112 Greenbrier Dr Sikeston MO 63801 Sonny’s Solid Waste Owner 5/24/2011 $1,000.00

C051162 05/24/2011 FRIENDS OF ELLEN BRANDOM Janice Matthews 1 Cotton Trace St Sikeston MO 63801 Self-employed Investments 5/24/2011 $1,000.00

C051162 05/24/2011 FRIENDS OF ELLEN BRANDOM Fred Schuerenberg 1009 Westview Dr Sikeston MO 63801 Land Owner 5/24/2011 $1,000.00

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That’s a lot of fundraising.

The complication? Redistricting.

The “Initial Senate District Map” in the current redistricting process places Sikeston (the northern part of the city, in Scott County) in the 18th Senate District.

Tevye: As the good book says, when a poor man eats a chicken, one of them is sick.

Mendel: Where does the book say that?

Tevye: Well, it doesn’t say that exactly, but somewhere there is something about a chicken.

Ham or chicken, it’s still complicated.