Mike Cierpiot Wins Special Election for the State Senate 8th District
November 11, 2017
Republican Mike Cierpiot beat out Democrat Hillary Shields and Independent Jacob Turk for a seat at the Missouri State Senate on Tuesday, Nov. 7.
“I am incredibly grateful to our friends, family and supporters for their tireless work in support of my campaign,” Cierpiot said. “This was a hard fought race but our common sense conservative values ultimately prevailed.”
Shields had never before ran for public office. At the end of Tuesday night, she released the following statement.
"Tonight, we saw the results of lies, slander, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in unaccountable dark money. I'm proud of the campaign we ran in only 3 months. We didn't ask favors from political insiders, we didn't drag anyone through the mud to prop ourselves up, and more than anything, we focused on the issues important to our community. This election, like Mike Cierpiot, was bought and paid for by out of district millionaires and billionaires. 2018 starts tomorrow and we will continue to fight for our public schools, affordable healthcare, and middle-class families."
Turk also released a statement at the conclusion of the election.
"God called me to the arena of politics for a reason. I have seen and experienced glimpses of His purposes as I've campaigned, because campaigning involves daily conversations with people in need of hope, encouragement and a champion. Anytime we respond to the nudging of the Holy Spirit to step out in faith, it is a worthwhile journey. God's full purposes in me running for office are, admittedly, shrouded in mystery since he has not yet delivered a political victory and put me in elected office.
I know this: God's plans for my life go far beyond election cycles. He cares about my whole life before, during, and after an election. Running for office is very hard. It's not for the faint of heart. And my strength does not come from my own abilities, but from God. He is the strength of my heart, and the source of my salvation and hope. Like Paul described in 2 Cor. 4:8,9, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” (NIV) Life is hard, but God is good. He sustains us through the tough times, whatever those tough things may be.
Let me state clearly that I believe in the Republican party platform as it stands today. I hope that it is preserved and not weakened.
May God bless you and yours, and may God continue to bless the United States of America."
The unofficial results state that Cierpiot won with 12,851 (50.29%) votes. Shields had 10,869 (42.5%) and Turk had 1,806 (7.07%).
Cierpiot is filling the seat left vacant by Will Kraus, who was appointed to the Tax Commission this past summer.