Owner of Kansas City financial company appointed to state board

Friday, September 4, 2009 | 12:38 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed the owner of a Kansas City financial services company to a state board that awards tax incentives for development projects.

Nixon said Friday that he has selected Kelley Martin, 65, to serve on the Missouri Development Finance Board. He owns the Martin Financial Group.

If he's confirmed by the Senate, Martin's term would run until Sept. 14, 2012.

His appointment comes after the Republican-led Senate declined to confirm Nixon's prior selection of former Democratic Party Chairman John Temporiti for the board.

Campaign finance reports show Martin contributed $500 to Nixon's gubernatorial campaign last year, but the governor's office said Martin is being appointed as a Republican. Nixon spokesman Scott Holste says that's the way Martin identified himself on an application.

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