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Nancy Copenhaver to file for election in 47th District

By Anli Xiao
February 14, 2012 | 7:48 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Democrat Nancy Copenhaver announced today that she will file for election to the Missouri House of Representatives in the new 47th District. 

Copenhaver is a former state representative from what used to be the 22nd District from 2001 to 2003. She will finish a three-year term on the Moberly City Council in April, having previously served on the council from 1996 to 2000. She also served on the Moberly Planning and Zoning Commission for 15 years, according to a news release she issued Tuesday.

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Copenhaver said in her announcement that her priorities will include helping construct and manage a state budget, being a good steward of tax dollars and being an advocate for citizens.

It's been nine years since Copenhaver served in the Missouri House. She said education has become the top issue in state government, because an educated work force can contribute to a better economy, which also is a priority.

"The government should encourage small business and entrepreneurs and create an environment that is conducive for people to live and work in Missouri," she said. 

Copenhaver is the first Democrat and the only candidate from either party to announce her plans to run in the 47th District. If any other Democrats enter the race, they will compete in an August primary for the party's nomination. The general election is in November.

Copenhaver said she is looking forward to the campaign. "It's going to be a lot of work and a lot of fun to communicate with people."

Copenhaver said she is able to work effectively across party lines because mid-Missouri and rural legislators have more similarities than differences.

The new 47th District includes parts of Boone, Cooper, Howard and Randolph counties, and it includes sections of north and northwest Columbia. It has a population of 35,390, according to the Missouri Appellate Apportionment Commission's new maps for state representative and senatorial districts.

The new House district boundaries have been challenged in court, but a Cole County trial judge upheld the boundaries