Three rookies and one veteran are heading to Jefferson City in January to represent the residents of Franklin County.
Although all four races were competitive with candidates from both parties, the Republicans all came out on top by fairly wide margins.
House District 119
The lone incumbent state representative from Franklin County, Republican Rep. Nathan Tate of St. Clair, won re-election to his second term by a 70 to 29 percent margin, defeating Democratic challenger Marcie Nichols.
Of the total 12,474 votes cast Tuesday in Franklin County, Tate received 8,831 to Nichols’ 3,622.
Tate says it’s an honor and a privilege to have the support of the citizens and with early bill filing beginning Dec. 1, he plans to get right back to work.
“I will continue to serve my constituents the same way I have since I first took office,” Tate said. “The two priority bills are going to be synthetic urine and synthetic identities.”
House District 61
In the Missouri House District 61 race Republican Aaron Griesheimer, Washington, defeated Democrat Pam Menefee, also of Washington, by a 68 to 31 percent margin.
Of the total 11,044 votes cast, Griesheimer received 7,563 votes to Menefee’s 3,469.
Although downplayed during the campaign, Griesheimer’s election allows him to follow in the footsteps of his father John, who served 10 years in the state House.
“It really is an honor to be elected into this position,” Griesheimer said. “I’ve always looked up to my father for his hard work and dedication to taking care of constituent issues. My No. 1 goal while I’m in office is to help the residents of the district no matter how big or small the issue.”
House District 109
The 109th House District seat will now be occupied by Republican John Simmons, Krakow, who defeated Democrat James Cordrey, Union, by a 66 to 33 percent margin.
Of the total 15,651 votes cast in the race, Simmons received 10,452 to Cordrey’s 5,178.
“I am absolutely thrilled over the hard-fought victory on Tuesday,” Simmons said. “I am so thankful to the voters of the 109th District for giving a clear, convincing margin of victory. I am equally thankful to the large team of volunteers who, with integrity and positivity, helped the campaign succeed both with the primary win and this general election win.”
Simmons said his priorities in Jeff City will be to work to improve the economic development of this region and address transportation issues.
House District 110
The 110th House District covers only a small sliver of Franklin County but it does include the city of Pacific.
The winner of that race was Republican Dottie Bailey (10,715), who defeated Democrat Cody Kelley (6,327) by a 62 to 33 percent margin.
In Franklin County, the margin was a bit smaller at 53 to 46 percent. Bailey received 1,558 votes to Kelley’s 1,337.
Bailey, Tea Party Republican, says the opportunity to serve is amazing and it is still sinking in.
“This is good stuff,” Bailey said. “Conservative ideas are part of my DNA. I’ve always been in the background and the idea of running for office myself never crossed my mind. It was time to practice what I preach.”
Bailey said one of the main issues she plans to champion in Jefferson City is foster care and adoptions.
The newly elected and returning state reps will be sworn in shortly after Jan. 1, 2019.