147th MO House of Representative candidates speak on election

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – The 147th Missouri House of Representatives candidates spoke about their campaigns on election night.

The position was vacated by Wayne Wallingford when he took the position of Missouri Revenue Director at the end of last year.

Republican candidate John Voss, Democratic candidate Andy Leighton and Libertarian candidate Greg Tlapek ran for the pocition.

Final unofficial totals from election night showed Voss with 64.42% of the vote, Leighton with 31.33% of the vote, 4.15% of the vote going to Libertarian Greg Tlapek and .11% going to write in candidates.

“It would be the thrill of a lifetime,” said Republican candidate John Voss before final votes were in. “Cape Girardeau has been so good to me. I’m just thrilled with the opportunity to go to Jefferson City to represent my friends and my neighbors. I’m a fifth generation Cape Girardeau resident. Cape, like I said has been so good to me. I just want to see Cape grow and prosper and I think I could help make that happen. I’ve got a lot of people to thank. I want to thank my family and my friends for all the support during this campaign. I’d like to compliment Mr. Leighton and Mr. Tlapek for focusing on the issues. But I think the message has been very clear tonight that Cape Girardeau wants a conservative leader who will go focus on fight inflation, fighting crime and helping Cape Girardeau grow and prosper.”

“We have a lot of great things going on in our community, but we have some troubling things going on in our state,” said Decmocatic candidate Andy Leighton. “That’s why I’m running for state representative for this area. Those troubling things include that we are the state with the lowest ranking for supporting our teachers with pay. We are the state with the lowest position for supporting our public education and this is hurting our workers’ ability to be ready for the workplace.”

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