Local veterinarian enters state House of Representatives race
COLUMBIA - A Columbia veterinarian is running for a seat in the State House of Representatives as a Democrat.
Maren Bell Jones filed for candidacy for the Missouri House of Representatives District 44 seat on the first filing day for the November 6, 2018 election.
Jones attended MU where she earned bachelor's degrees in biology and religious studies, a master's degree in biology, a doctorate in veterinary medicine. She owns a house call veterinary practice serving central Missouri since 2011.
Jones was inspired to run because of her involvement with the March for Science where she was a lead organizer for the local march in mid Missouri in April 2017. March for Science wanted to help train citizens in science, medicine, and related fields involved in guiding public policy.
Jones wants to use her experience as a biologist and a veterinarian to help direct legislation in an evidence-based way, particularly in regards to healthcare, the environment, education, agriculture, and infrastructure.
She says she is highly concerned with the influence of “dark money” in politics at the state and national levels. She also says she will take no campaign contributions from PACs, special interest groups, or lobbyists in the support of the Clean Missouri election initiative.
Jones is planning for her first meet and greet events to meet the public in the next week.