A seat for state representative in the 43rd district vacated by Republican Jay Houghton, R-Martinsburg, due to term limits will stay in GOP hands with the win of Kent Haden. He defeated Democratic challenger Jamie Blair on Tuesday.
Incumbent State Sen. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane also was returned to her seat in the 10th Senatorial district. This will be her final term in the General Assembly due to term limits. She defeated Democrat Ayanna Shivers.
Haden said for his freshman term he does not have plans to introduce legislation. He likely will, however, attach his name to legislation that reduces regulations in the state.
“(My) first year focus will be a lot of listening, a lot of talking to people. I come out of the regulatory side of the state. … We need to focus on reducing that amount of regulation. A bill that supports reducing regulation, I’m for it, because they are economic killers,” Haden said.
Haden said he is not against all regulation, just a reduction of the amount of it in the state.
“I was a regulator for eight years. I was involved in writing (regulation), involved in implementing them and involved in enforcing them. For people who think government is their protection with the regulations that are there, they’re great inhibitors to the economy of Missouri,” Haden said.
Blair said she plans on taking some time off and then taking stock of the results and what it means for her political future.
“If it was close, I might consider running again,” she said before unofficial results were in.
Blair said running for state office was something of a natural progression. Before running for state office, Blair volunteered for state and national Democratic campaigns.
“I hadn’t been involved in any of it before that,” she said, adding she did the basics of researching candidates and issues for her voting choices. “It was kind of a natural extension to getting involved (with campaigns).”
Shivers also said she will take a step back, but that life will continue.
“Regardless, I’ll be going to work tomorrow,” she said with a laugh Tuesday night before results were in. “I will have a vacation this weekend. … For the most part, I’m going to still do a lot of the same things.”
Shivers said she left things to God, because she is a pastor.
“When you know you have done everything that you can, then it is all in God’s hands,” she said. “If it’s his will, it’s going to happen. If it’s not what he wants at this time, that just means there is something else he is preparing me for.”
Shivers appears to not be giving up on her political career any time soon, though. She said in four years, she may very well run again for state Senate, or some other office.
“Definitely there will be something else coming. … I’m one of those people, I just sort of see what the lay of the land is, what opportunity we think we can handle,” Shivers said.
Riddle was not available for comment. Haden said she started her evening at 54 Country, a country music dance venue in Fulton, but had to depart because she wasn’t feeling well.