Current Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, announced today he will be running for representative of the 45th district in November 2012, according to a news release. This district will include downtown Columbia, the MU campus and other surrounding areas.
“Columbia, Boone County, its economy and its educational institutions have been the focal point of my entire public life," Kelly said in a news release. "With redistricting, the 2010 map provides me the welcome opportunity to represent the core of our city and to further our collective educational, economic, and cultural aspirations."
Under the old districting map, Kelly currently represents the 24th District for the Missouri House of Representatives, which encompasses a portion of the city. Rep. Mary Still, D-Columbia, represents the 25th District, which under the old redistricting map, covers most of the MU campus. Rep. Stephen Webber, D-Columbia and MU law student, also represents a section of Columbia.