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Nieves Files For Franklin County Recorder of Deeds

Rep. Brian Nieves
(Missouri House of Representatives website)
Rep. Brian Nieves

State Sen. Brian Nieves may be quitting Jefferson City, but he’s not quitting politics.

Nieves, R-Washington, filed Monday for Franklin County recorder of deeds. He’s among four Republicans and one Democrat seeking to succeed incumbent Sharon Birkman, who is not seeking re-election.  The Republicans will compete in the August primary.

The post pays $67,215 a year.

En route to Jefferson City, Nieves confirmed via text that he had filed for the job. He said he would have additional comments later.

Nieves has unsettled the state Senate and the state GOP with his decision not to seek re-election to the Senate’s 26th District, which he has represented since 2011.  Nieves was eligible to serve another term. He has said he wanted to be closer to family. Earlier, Nieves was a member of the Missouri House.

So far, various Republicans have discussed filing for his current job. State Rep. Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, already has filed. Former state Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, has indicated strong interest.

Candidate filing throughout Missouri ends Tuesday for this summer’s primaries and the fall election.

Jo Mannies has been covering Missouri politics and government for almost four decades, much of that time as a reporter and columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first woman to cover St. Louis City Hall, was the newspaper’s second woman sportswriter in its history, and spent four years in the Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau. She joined the St. Louis Beacon in 2009. She has won several local, regional and national awards, and has covered every president since Jimmy Carter. She scared fellow first-graders in the late 1950s when she showed them how close Alaska was to Russia and met Richard M. Nixon when she was in high school. She graduated from Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana, and was the daughter of a high school basketball coach. She is married and has two grown children, both lawyers. She’s a history and movie buff, cultivates a massive flower garden, and bakes banana bread regularly for her colleagues.