Less than two weeks into filing for state and county offices, the race for the Senate seat that represents Phelps, Pulaski and parts of the Lake of the Ozarks areas shows signs of being a hotly contested campaign with three Republicans and one Democrat vying for the position.
The seat is currently held by Dan Brown, R-Rolla, who will be stepping down when his term expires in 2018. Dan Brown has held the seat since 2011. Prior to serving in the Senate, he was a member of the Missouri House of Representatives. Brown practiced veterinary medicine for over 30 years in the Rolla area.
The district includes Camden, Crawford, Dent, Phelps and Pulaski counties. Communities included in the district are Rolla, Salem, St. James, Waynesville, St. Robert, and those in southern Camden County.
Among the Republicans looking to serve in the Senate are two state representatives and Dan Brown’s son. State Reps. Keith Frederick, who currently represents the Rolla area, and Diane Franklin, from the Lake area, will be facing off against Justin Brown in the August Primary. The successful candidate will run against representatives of the other parties in November.
The lone Democrat who has signed up to run in August is Ryan Dillon of St. James. Dillon is a former aide to former Missouri Congressman Ike Skelton, Dillon also worked for former Congressman Russ Carnahan and at the State Department.  
Justin Brown, a Phelps County native, hopes to follow in his father’s footsteps. Justin Brown raises corn, soybeans and cattle. This is Brown’s first run for Senate.
Franklin, of Camdenton, represents parts of Camden and Laclede counties (District 123) in the Missouri House of Representatives. She was elected to her first two-year term in November 2010.
Franklin is a fifth-generation farmer. Franklin loses her seat to term limits in 2018.
Frederick, of Rolla, represents District 121. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. He falls under term limits for the House seat. Frederick is an orthopedic surgeon and business owner.