Another Democrat seeking to replace Hartzler in 4th District congressional race

COLUMBIA — Jenna Marie Bourgeois is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 4th U.S. Congressional District to replace Republican U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler.
Bourgeois wants to focus on civil rights as well as reducing rural poverty and upgrading health care and broadband in rural areas.
A transgender woman with a history of political activity in Missouri, Bourgeois will be running against Hartzler if she becomes the Democratic nominee. Hartzler, who has held the seat since 2010, pushed for a ban on transgender individuals serving in the military before President Trump announced the ban. 
"I’ve always had a goal to run for Congress," Bourgeois said, adding that it would be especially meaningful for her to win as a transgender individual.
"If I win this race, it’s in the middle of America’s heartland where we have the most challenges as far as protection. It also would legitimize us on the first day that I walk onto the congressional floor. That’s the way every other group has won civil rights, by getting elected to Congress."
Bourgeois is looking to introduce a single-payer health care plan as well as focusing on creating farm startups to help build sustainable agriculture and increase land ownership.
"My new deal for rural Missouri is really focused for doubling the economic output for rural Missouri through a series of programs and plans that enable people that are living in poverty today to get out of it," Bourgeois said.
Bourgeois recently returned to Missouri and lives in Lebanon. 
The 4th District includes Boone, Audrain, Cooper, Howard, Moniteau, Randolph and 18 other counties. Hartzler has received at least 60 percent of the vote in the three elections held since Boone County was added to the district in 2011. In November’s election, she received 68 percent.
Candidates may start filing to run in February. The Democratic primary will take place in August.
Renee Hoagenson of Columbia has also announced her intention to run in the Democratic primary.
Originally published by the Columbia Missourian on September 8, 2017


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