COLUMBIA — State Representative Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, announced Saturday that he will run for election in the 45th district in November 2012.
Kelly had a choice to represent any district in Boone County after The Missouri Appellate Apportionment Commission filed a new map for state representative and senatorial districts earlier this month.
"Columbia, Boone County, its economy and its educational institutions have been the focal point of my entire public life," Kelly said in a news release. "With redistricting, the 2010 map provides me the welcome opportunity to represent the core of our city and to further our collective educational, economic and cultural aspirations."
Kelly represents the 24th district now, which includes southern and western Boone County.
Under the new map, the county is separated into five House districts, according to the news release:
- District 44 includes part of Boone and Randolph counties;
- District 47 includes parts of Boone, Cooper, Howard and Randolph counties;
- District 50 includes Boone, Cole, Cooper and Moniteau counties; and
- Districts 45 and 46 are the only two districts that are completely within Boone County.
New candidates as well as incumbent candidates for the House had the choice of running for any seat in the county in which they reside. According to a previous Missourian article, this was because the new maps were finished less than a year before the next election.
The 45th Legislative District includes downtown Columbia, the city's four higher education institutions as well as four of the city's hospitals.
Kelly, who has represented the 24th District since his return to the Legislature in 2008, said in the news release that he looks forward to representing new constituents in the county he knows and is committed to.