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Nasheed to run for Mo. state Senate

Missouri state Rep. Jamilah Nasheed (D, St. Louis).
(Tim Bommel/Mo. House of Representatives)
Missouri state Rep. Jamilah Nasheed (D, St. Louis).

State Representative Jamilah Nasheed announced Tuesday she's running for the state Senate.

The St. Louis Democrat is running against fellow Democratic incumbent Senator Robin Wright-Jones.

Following redistricting Nasheed's district now includes two other current state representatives, but she says that's not why she's chosen to run for a Senate seat.

“I'm running simply because I truly believe the city of St. Louis truly needs leadership,” Nasheed said. “Right now in the Senate under Robin Wright-Jones, the city hasn't had an effective voice.”

Nasheed says she got legislation on local control of the city police department through the House twice.

She says Wright-Jones did little to help shepherd the bill through in the Senate, where it died.

Wright-Jones did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Nasheed says state Representative Chris Carter will run for her House seat.

Maria is the newscast, business and education editor for St. Louis Public Radio.