Engaged political representation is critically important to Columbia. Many Missourians choose to live in Columbia because of our institutions of higher learning, our healthcare industry, and our quality public schools. A functioning state government is vital to the strength of these systems and Columbia as a whole. Without champions for MU, our healthcare industry, and our public school system, our economy suffers and we, as a city, fail to reach our full potential. I’m proud to follow in the honored footsteps of Columbia’s long-time State Representative, Chris Kelly.