COLUMBIA — Michela Skelton officially became the Democratic candidate for the vacant 50th House District seat after a vote Monday from her party's Legislative District Democratic Committee.

The position opened after former state Rep. Caleb Jones, a Republican, was chosen as deputy chief of staff for Gov. Eric Greitens.

“My campaign for state representative is about standing up for all those left behind and creating an economy that works for all of us, not just the wealthiest few in our state,” Skelton said in a news release.

Skelton, who announced her candidacy last week in Ashland, chairs the Missouri Democratic Party's Women's Caucus and is a former attorney for the Missouri Senate. She also is a distant cousin of former U.S. Congressman Ike Skelton.

Sara Walsh, a member of the executive committee for the Missouri Republican Party, has announced that she, too, will run for the seat. She said her candidacy will become official when a Republican district committee votes on Jan. 28.

A special election to fill the position is scheduled for Aug. 8.

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