COLUMBIA — Kelly Schultz, former director of legislation for Rep. Jeff Harris, D-Columbia, has entered the race for the 21st District seat in the Missouri House of Representatives.
Schultz, who lives in Shaw, now works for Rep. Sara Lampe, D-Springfield, and worked for Harris when he was house minority leader. She received a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public policy from MU. Schultz and her husband, Loren, are foster parents and adopted their 2-year-old daughter.
Schultz, a Democrat, said she entered the race to help provide more funding for education and improve access to health care. State funding for higher education is currently inadequate, she said.
“A large portion of the tuition is falling on the backs of students and parents,” Schultz said.
Providing more funding for higher education will also lead to economic improvement, she said, and bring jobs to Missouri families.
Schultz said she also hopes to give more Missourians access to health care.
“I want to increase the number of providers accepting Medicaid and to make insurance affordable to small business and agribusiness,” she said.
Incumbent Republican Steve Hobbs is seeking re-election in the 21st District for what would be his final term allowed under term limits. Boone County Northern District Commissioner Skip Elkin, a Hallsville Democrat, also said in November he was weighing a second bid for the seat. Elkin lost to Hobbs in 2006.
The 21st District includes parts of Audrain, Boone, Callaway and Monroe counties.