Jacque Sample, a Columbia occupational therapist, announced she will run to represent House District 44 on Monday afternoon.
She began her announcement with a livestream on Facebook before taking questions from the public at Woodridge Park.
"I have proven success of addressing needs of neighbors," Sample said. "I will wake every morning to fight for you."
Sample, a Democrat, said she has always wanted to run for the position and feels that the timing is right.
If she wins, Sample said she plans to push for more health care and education legislation. Some of her priorities include "accessibility and inclusivity" for people of all ages and abilities.
Sample boasted her 20 years of experience as an occupational therapist and said it has given her experiences that set her apart from other candidates.
"Jacque is a powerhouse advocate," said Chuck Graham, a former state representative and senator.
Sample said she worked on Senate Bill 514, which expands the autism bill and increases insurance available for children with developmental disabilities. The bill was recently signed by Gov. Mike Parson.
Sample said she will host her official campaign kickoff Aug. 16. District 44 incumbent State Rep. Cheri *Reisch, R-Hallsville, was elected in 2016.