Kathy Ellis will run as a Democrat against Republican incumbent Jason Smith. Ellis, longtime Jefferson County resident, announced Thursday that she will be running again for Congress in Missouri’s 8th Congressional District.

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Addictions Counselor for the past thirty-five years, Ellis said she has seen first-hand the issues facing the 8th District.

“The residents of Missouri’s 8th District deserve better. We need access to quality and affordable healthcare; well-paying, union jobs; and strong infrastructure development. We need more services to deal with the opioid crisis and to combat the high maternal and infant mortality rates facing the District. We need change,” Ellis said.

Ellis first ran for Congress in 2018, and although she was not elected, she views the campaign as a success.

“I first decided to run for Congress because I wanted more for our District. I was tired of feeling like no one was standing up for the people here, and the problems that we were facing were not being addressed. Our first campaign laid the groundwork for future campaigns in the District, and we saw important issues such as raising the minimum wage and defeating Proposition A pass here. But, our work isn’t done,” Ellis said.

In addition to her work as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Addictions Counselor, Ellis serves on the Board of numerous organizations, including a committee on cultural diversity, a local community health center, and an organization providing services to victims of domestic violence.

Ellis lives in Festus with her spouse, Ann.

The Campaign will be hosting an Official Kick-Off Rally on June 27th at 6:30 p.m. at Jefferson College Hillsboro. The event is free and open to the public.