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A Republican has announced her candidacy for the U.S. congressional seat that represents areas including Jefferson City and Callaway, Cole, Miller and Osage counties.

Adela Wisdom, 42, of Williamsburg, said in a news release she is seeking the Republican nomination for the 3rd Congressional District.

That seat is currently represented by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth.

Democrats Katy Geppert and Dennis Oglesby also have campaigns for the seat.

"I want to protect our basic liberties, to create jobs and economic growth, to ensure our children have the tools they need to succeed, to protect the right to life, and create renewable clean energy," Wisdom said.

She said she is running "because she wants to persevere the district's rich tradition of family, agriculture and farming. 'Agriculture is so critical to District 3's rural economy, and as a small farmer, I have experience and am open to learning new ideas about agriculture.'"

She and her husband, Aaron Wisdom, live on a farm.

She said education is important for communities' success and she previously had a teaching job.

"I have the ability to work with our educational facilities to ensure our children will succeed. I want to bring a fresh outlook and new solutions to old problems," she said.

Wisdom also said she has worked for "judicial reform" for nearly 10 years, and Missouri's prisons are "operating at 105 percent capacity and costing taxpayers roughly $60 a day per inmate, (and) she believes solutions to these issues can be found."

She said she is "a strong supporter of the Constitution" and is offering everyone in Missouri a free pocket-sized copy.

Wisdom noted she is a Native American of the Cherokee Tribe of Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

The 3rd Congressional District also includes Gasconade, Maries, Montgomery, Franklin, Warren and Lincoln counties, as well as parts of Camden and St. Charles counties.

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