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JEFFERSON CITY • A state representative from Manchester will resign to become executive director of the Missouri Republican Party, the party announced in a news release on Monday.

Rep. Jean Evans was elected to her second term last November. She represents the 99th District. Evans told the Post-Dispatch she would resign this week.

Evans' departure will allow Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican, to schedule a special election, likely setting up a high-profile contest in one of St. Louis County's few competitive legislative districts.

Evans beat Democrat Mike LaBozzetta in November, taking 53 percent of the vote compared to his 47 percent.

“Representing a key swing district in St. Louis County, Jean has proven time and again that she knows what it takes to win votes from diverse segments across our state," Parson said in a statement. "She’s exactly the leader our Republican Party needs today and I’m happy to welcome her as Executive Director.”

Evans will replace Ray Bozarth as executive director.

She had just recently been named the chairwoman of the House Economic Development Committee.

Evans was a business consultant and financial adviser prior to her first election in 2016, according to the news release. She also has worked for Westminster Christian Academy in Town and Country.

Jack Suntrup covers state government and politics for the Post-Dispatch.