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Late Missouri state representative’s widower announces candidacy

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Posted at 6:55 PM, Aug 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-14 19:55:42-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The husband of a late Missouri state representative has announced his intention to run for his wife’s seat.

Rick Roeber, whose wife, Rebecca, died July 30 on a family vacation in Colorado, announced Wednesday that he will seek her open seat in the 34th District in the Missouri House of Representatives.

“She represented her constituents so well and with such passion and concern,” Rick said. “My wife and I were both passionate about many if not most of the same things. I can only hope to carry on her work with as much dedication.”

Rebecca was badly injured in a car crash in March on U.S. 50 near Syracuse, Missouri, when her vehicle crossed the center line and hit another vehicle as she drove to the state capital.

She had announced her intention to run for reelection in June and recently had finished a four-month rehab program at the time of her death.

Rick, an ordained pastor who retired after 20 years with Sprint to care for his wife after the wreck, said there’s no time like the present to announce his decision: “I don’t like putting off until tomorrow what can be done today,” he said. “She would understand that in the midst of my grief it is important to me keeping her memory and legacy intact. That is why I will be walking our district in the coming weeks and months assuring our constituents that I will continue to serve them with the same passion as my late wife.”