COLUMBIA — State Representative Mary Still, D-Columbia, announced that she is running for District 19 state Senate seat in an email Thursday. This seat serves Boone County and will serve Cooper County under the proposed redistricting.
The current boundaries of District 19, now represented by Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, include Randolph and Boone counties. If approved, the legislative boundaries will change for the November 2012 election to encompass Boone and Cooper counties. Redistricting was done in order to better reflect the population changes recorded by the 2010 census.
The lines were originally redrawn late last year for District 19 to encompass Boone and Howard counties; however, a legal challenge was made to this proposed map alleging that it violated Missouri’s constitution by dividing counties unnecessarily, according to an Associated Press article.
New boundaries were drawn and District 19 was changed to cover Boone and Cooper counties. Randolph County is now set to join the 18th District and Howard County will stay in the 21st.
This tentative map, which passed by an 8-2 vote, was released early Thursday morning by the 2012 Senate Apportionment Commission. A final vote to approve the district map is expected in March, but Still said she's ready either way.
"I like campaigning whether it's Howard or Cooper," Still said.
Still said that she wanted to continue fighting for poor and middle class families and would stand up to lobbyists in Jefferson City. She pointed to making a greater investment in public education and representing ordinary consumers and citizens over special interests as central tenets of her campaign.
"That is what will resonate with voters it doesn’t matter what county we are in," Still said.
Schaefer could not be reached for comment.