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Skelton Announces Candidacy for Missouri Senate

Missouri's Capitol Building in 2017.
Meiying Wu / KBIA

Michela Skelton hopes to battle corruption in state politics as she seeks the Democratic nomination for the Missouri Senate's 19th District.

"Getting to see the excitement on the ground of younger voters, like myself, and younger than me even, (I am) really hopeful that we can make some really good change here in mid-Missouri," Skelton, 33, said. The election is in 2020.

Though she previously lost two elections for a seat in the state House of Representatives, Skelton is confident in her decision to run for Senate.

The 19th District includes both Boone and Cooper counties. Skelton plans to target several critical issues during her campaign, including the student debt crisis, cuts to healthcare, workers' rights, and rural investment. She also plans to support the University of Missouri due to its economic significance in Boone County, as well as local farmers in Cooper County battling against CAFOs.

If nominated, Skelton would run against Republican Caleb Rowden, the current 19th District state senator. He won the seat during a narrow election in 2016 and also holds the position of the Missouri Senate's majority floor leader.

To read more, visit our partners at the Columbia Missourian.