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19th Senate District is new battleground for veteran candidates

By Hilary Niles
October 26, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Missouri's 19th Senate District is a lot different than it was four years ago, but two political veterans — Republican incumbent Sen. Kurt Schaefer and Democratic state Rep. Mary Still, both of Columbia — are running a tough campaign to determine who will win the right to represent it.

Before boundaries were redrawn in the wake of the 2010 U.S. Census, the 19th District comprised Boone and Randolph counties. The new district, however, pairs Boone with Cooper County, a neighbor to the west that includes the historic Missouri River town of Boonville and smaller hamlets such as Pilot Grove, Clifton City, Prairie Home and Bunceton, which depend largely on agricultural economies.

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Schaefer is a one-term senator who hopes to become the first Republican to represent the 19th District for two consecutive terms. Still is a two-term 25th District state representative who, instead of seeking a third stint in the House, chose to up the ante, believing she can have more impact as a minority member of the upper chamber.

Voters will decide which is the best choice. To help them do so, Missourian reporter Hilary Niles spent time with both candidates to learn more about their backgrounds, political styles and motivations. 

Read the profiles here:

Schaefer brings tenacity, ambition to second state Senate campaign

Fearlessness drives Mary Still's campaign for 19th District Senate seat