Local businesswoman Kat Cunningham said Monday that she will seek the Republican nomination for the 19th District state senate seat next year.
The owner of Moresource, a personnel administrative outsourcing company based in Columbia, Cunningham hopes her small-business background will boost her campaign.
“I thought I could bring to the table a new perspective,” Cunningham said of her decision to run.
The 19th District seat represents Boone and Randolph Counties. The seat is now held by Democrat Ken Jacob, who is forced out by term limits and is running for lieutenant governor.
A 1982 graduate of Southwest Missouri State University, Cunningham has a degree in recreation and leisure services. She started Moresource in 1994 and recently earned a master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix.
Cunningham, who said jobs and education would be among her priorities as a senator, is a member of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, the Women’s Network and the Missouri State Chamber of Commerce.
Rep. Chuck Graham and former Rep. Tim Harlan, both Democrats from Columbia, also plan to run for the Senate seat.