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.