Democrat Nancy Copenhaver, who formerly served in the Missouri House from 2001-2003 in the old 22nd District, hopes to represent the newly-formed 47th District in Jefferson City. The district will include southern Moberly and Randolph County – including Renick and Higbee. Northwestern Boone County, including Harrisburg, along with parts of several wards in northern and western Columbia and Rocheport are also included. The approximate eastern third of Howard County, a strip of Cooper County east of Boonville including Wooldridge, are also within the district lines.
“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to run in the new 47th District, which has so much of the district I served before," Copenhaver said.
Copenhaver served in the Missouri House from 2001-2003 as a Democrat in the old 22nd District which, at that time, included all of Randolph, northwestern Boone, northern Howard, and southern Chariton County. She finished a three-year term on the Moberly City Council in April, having previously served on the Council from 1996-2000 as well as 15 years on the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Copenhaver retired from a 28-year career as a business teacher at Moberly High School and worked for 2 ½ years as Deputy County Clerk with the Randolph County Commission. She was a charter member and has been an active leader in the local League of Women Voters for over 35 years, and has served on a number of statewide boards of civic, educational, church and progressive groups. She is a member of Coates Street Presbyterian Church where she has served as an Elder and Deacon and has been married to her husband, Paul, for 37 years.
I truly enjoy campaigning, meeting people and discussing the issues that are important to folks in this area. Working in the State Capitol is an awesome job – and a huge responsibility. I look forward to having that opportunity again," she said.
The candidate sees her hopeful job as three-fold. Firstly, she believes in constructing and managing the state budget in a way that allows for appropriate stewardship of taxpayer money. Second, Copenhaver views wise legislation as key to maintaining a healthy and smooth-running state goverment. Third, she hopes to be an advocate for the citizens of the district in their interaction with the various departments of state government.
Education is also a cornerstone of her campaign.
“Education is the backbone of economic development, maintaining the middle-class, and ensuring the future of our state – which has not been the case in recent years. Our state has an excellent business climate, is a healthy and safe place to live, and it is time to ensure that opportunities exist for future generations of Missourians," she said.
“I’m running again for state representative because I want to continue the programs that make our community a good place to live and raise families—and look for ways to improve opportunities for all our citizens. Quality education in a safe environment, including affordable access to higher education is important in training tomorrow’s citizens. Good safe roads throughout our district (and the state) are critical for businesses and consumers. We need continued economic development to increase the number of high quality, high paying jobs to provide opportunities for our children to stay in our community and attract others to locate here," Copenhaver said.