BOONE COUNTY, Mo - A candidate is already in the running to replace State Representative Caleb Jones, just a day after Jones announced he's stepping down to take a position with Governor-elect Eric Greitens' administration.
Sara Walsh announced her candidacy for 50th District Missouri House seat early Wednesday via Twitter.
Walsh is a Republican Party State Committeewoman from Boone County.
In a statement released Wednesday, Walsh said, "I have a desire to serve the people of Missouri and believe I can best do that by championing issues and causes important to them as their Representative in the General Assembly."
"The campaign I had planned for 2018, when State Representative Caleb Jones would have been term-limited, will begin now. I have been meeting with many of the good citizens of Boone, Cole, Cooper, and Moniteau counties and eagerly look forward to introducing myself to those I don't yet know. Caleb has been a wonderful representative for our district in Jefferson City. I hope to build on his accomplishments when I get to the General Assembly. I wish Caleb the best in his exciting new endeavor."
In the statement, Walsh says she is focused on a number of key issues as she kicks off her campaign. She says those issues include removing obstacles to job creation, public safety, education, and improving care for Missouri's senior citizens.
You can read the full news release here.