Rep. Caleb Rowden running for state senate seat
COLUMBIA - State Rep. Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, announced Monday he is entering the 19th District state senate race. The 19th district includes all of Boone and Cooper counties.
The senate seat is currently occupied by Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia. Schaefer is term-limited and announced last year he is running for Missouri Attorney General.
Rowden is serving his second term in the Missouri House of Representatives. He is being endorsed in the 19th district senate race by fellow state representatives Caleb Jones, R-Columbia, Dave Muntzel, R-Boonville, and Chuck Basye, R-Rocheport.
State Rep. Stephen Webber, D-Columbia, announced in April he is also running for the seat.
The Missouri Democratic Party responded to Rowden's announcement with a statement:
"If Rep. Caleb Rowden wins the Republican primary to face Stephen Webber next November, voters will have a crystal clear choice. Rep. Stephen Webber served his country and community honorably as a Marine Corps Veteran and recently as a State Representative. Webber never shied away from doing what was right by his community.
Rowden, on the other hand, has used his tenure in Jefferson City to take every advantage he can. He audaciously collected more lobbyist gifts than any other member of the Boone County delegation in his very first term and even continued to take gifts after he promised to seek ethics reforms.
The citizens of the 19th Senate District deserve a Senator who will finally represent their interests, and not take special favors from lobbyists. With Stephen Webber they will get that leader."