Chiropractor and political newcomer John Simmons, Krakow, won a three-way race Tuesday to secure the Republican nomination for Missouri’s 109th House District.
Simmons defeated Bob Oreskovic and Kevin Juergens to move on to the general election in November where he will face Democrat James Cordrey, Union, who ran unopposed in his party’s primary race.
In a Republican race that saw 7,485 total ballots cast, John Simmons collected 38 percent, or 2,868 votes.
Coming in second in the race was Bob Oreskovic with 32 percent, or 2,421 votes and Kevin Juergens drew 29 percent, or 2,196 of the total votes.
“It feels wonderful to win the Republican primary against two worthy opponents,” Simmons said. “I congratulate them on their well-run campaigns. I am most proud and thankful to my great team of volunteers stretched out across the district, but most importantly the ones in my own home with my wife Nanci and three kids.”
Simmons added with the primary over, he will keep doing the same thing for the general election and to reach out to voters, meet and talk with them about his hope and vision for this district.
One is to improve the economic environment for job growth, job creation and a workable, effective education system that will supply the trained workers needed for these jobs.
Second, the infrastructure improvements along the Highway 47 corridor and the Highways 47/50 interchange in Union is top priority.
“I will be a constant beacon call to MoDOT and my colleagues if elected to bring improvements to those roads,” Simmons said. “And as always I will stress to them that I will be a watchdog for their individual constitutional rights and specifically the rights of the unborn and protections of our Second Amendment rights.”
He added throughout the campaign, he has learned how beautiful the county is geographically and how great the people are in this district who just go about doing their own thing, in their own jobs and businesses and with churches and communities.
“The people, as I expected because I have lived, worked, worshipped, coached and volunteered here for 30 years, were welcoming, respectful and encouraging,” Simmons said. “People want a government that serves its people well, but also a government that stays limited when it needs to be limited.”
The 109th House District includes the larger cities of Union, Villa Ridge, Gray Summit, Labadie, St. Albans and a large part of Washington.
The Washington section begins as far west as Jefferson Street, extending from the Missouri River to Eighth Street eastward encompassing Mercy Hospital.
The seat has been occupied by State Rep. Paul Curtman since he was first elected in 2010.
“I want to thank the voters for their confidence, Rep. Paul Curtman for his support and past service to our country and community and I look forward to the Nov. 6 election and hopefully another hard fought victory in the next step in representing the fine people of the 109th District,” Simmons said.