COLUMBIA — Democratic State Representative Mary Still will file for re-election Tuesday for a second term to represent the 25th legislative district.
Still took office in 2008. Last year, she sponsored a payday loan reform bill that has been selected as a Democratic caucus bill and now includes 70 co-sponsors. She plans to continue working on the reform and publicizing it with hearings, traveling all over the state.
“Since the Speaker of the House last year did not grant me a hearing on the payday loan reform, I decided to have my own,” Still said. “I have spoken in Columbia, Kansas City, St. Louis and more about this bill to raise awareness.”
Higher education is important to Still, she said. Still's district includes MU's campus. After serving as director of the MU News Bureau, Still said she has learned about the value of the UM System for the state.
“I want to remain a strong voice for the University of Missouri,” Still said. “Public education is the best economic tool we have for the state, especially true for Columbia.”
This year, Still has requested ethics reform legislation that places limits on the amount of contributions a candidate can accept. She has also filed a bill that bans statewide officials from joining the Housing Development Commission, where developers for low-income housing projects are receiving large sums of money.
She currently serves on the Higher Education Committee, the Ways and Means Committee and the Special Standing Committee for Health Insurance.
Before holding office, Still spent 12 years as director of communications and policy for the Office of the Attorney General.
“I was not naive going into this and can provide integrity in government and attention to issues important to Columbia,” Still said.
Still has lived in the 25th district for 26 years. The district also includes downtown Columbia and neighborhoods east to the Boone/Callaway County line.
Still will hold a kick-off party from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at The Rome Restaurant, 114 S. Ninth St.
Still is the first candidate to announce she will run for the seat; filing for the primary election started Tuesday. The primary election will be held Aug. 3. The general election will be held Nov. 2. The last day to register to vote in the general election is Oct. 6.