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VOTERS GUIDE 2012: Candidates for 44th District State Representative race

By Jordan Shapiro, Matthew Patane
September 17, 2012 | 9:00 a.m. CDT

Editor's note: This story originally publishedin advance of the August primary. It has been updated to include information about the candidates who will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot. This article is part of the Missourian's 2012 general election voters guide.

WHAT'S THE JOB? The Missouri House of Representatives comprises of 163 members, one for each of the state’s House districts.

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State representatives must be at least 24, be a qualified voter of the state for two years and be a qualified voter of the district they wish to represent for one year.

Representatives currently earn $35,915 annually and can serve four two-year terms in the House.

After the November general election, Boone County will be represented by five House districts whose boundaries were drawn during reapportionment after the 2010 census:

The candidates

Ken Jacob (D)

Ken Jacob is running for his second stint in the Missouri legislature. Jacob served in the state House from 1983 to 1996 and in the state Senate from 1997 to 2004 before term limits forced him out of office. Jacob was the Democratic leader for part of his tenure in the Senate.

Jacob said he is in the race to raise awareness about the need to commit more state resources to higher education. Jacob said he is running to build consensus and work across party lines to solve the state's problems. Jacob also wants to expand health care coverage, specifically the state's Medicaid program under the provisions in the Affordable Care Act.

Jacob was born in St. Louis but moved to Columbia in 1968.

Jacob has been chairman of the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission and the executive director of the State, County, Municipal Employees Council 72. He also served as general counsel in the state auditor's office under former auditor Susan Montee.

Caleb Rowden (R)

Rowden said he is open to discussing all options when an issue emerges so long as the state budget is part of the conversation.

"I always try to take everything back to the budget."

An advocate of limited government, Rowden said he doesn't think the government can create jobs but it does have "the power and duty to create a solid foundation for the private sector." He supports small business entrepreneurship, implementing new technology in schools and following through on issues that state lawmakers declare as priorities, such as higher education funding. 

Supervising editor is Scott Swafford.