Almost all of Eastern Jackson County’s state representatives this year are running for the fourth of their four allowed terms in office. That gives them a degree of experience and seniority that has worked to the area’s advantage.

The three representatives of Blue Springs, all Republicans, are good choices to return to office for their their fourth and final terms in the House.

Rep. Bryan Pratt, R-Blue Springs, represents the 55th District, which includes most of Blue Springs south of U.S. 40, plus Blue Springs south of Interstate 70 and east of Missouri 7, as well as Grain Valley and Oak Grove. He is being challenged by Democrat Mike O’Donnell of Blue Springs and Libertarian Kevin Parr of Grain Valley.

Pratt is speaker pro tem, the No. 2 position in the House, meaning he has a good deal to say about how legislation advances. He has shown an ability to juggle all the issues on his plate and get things done.

Rep. Gary Dusenberg, R-Blue Springs, represents the 54th District, which includes Blue Springs north of I-70, Blue Springs north of U.S. 40 and west of M-7 and a slice of southeast Independence. He’s running against Democrat Mark D. Matzeder and Libertarian Bobby Foster.

Dusenberg makes the simple and accurate case that the federal government has abandoned its duty to address illegal immigration, leaving states to fend for themselves. He’s been one of the General Assembly’s chief proponents of tougher rules in this area.

Rep. Brian Yates, R-Lee’s Summit, represents the 56th District, which includes portions of south Blue Springs. He’s running against Democrat Chris Ruggles of Lee’s Summit. He’s indicated he’d like to see more done to retrain workers in a changing economy. That’s an area where a little state help can make a lot of difference to the benefit of workers, employers and the overall economy.