Voters placed another Republican in the vacant 28th Senatorial District seat during Tuesday’s special election.
State Rep. Sandy Crawford, R-Buffalo, decidedly won the Senate race, receiving 9,768 votes, or 68.28 percent. Her opponent, Democrat Al Skalicky, of Bolivar, received 4,538 votes, or 31.72 percent.
Crawford won Pettis County with 62.2 percent of the vote.
Skalicky and Crawford were competing for the seat vacated by now Lt. Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican who endorsed Crawford in the Senate race. Each candidate was selected by their respective parties earlier this year during committee meetings after Gov. Eric Greitens called the special election. Crawford will now serve the remainder of Parson’s term, which ends in 2018.
“I’m very elated and very thankful the district came out and voted,” Crawford told the Democrat by phone. “I’m overwhelmed really at this point in time.”
Crawford is no stranger to Jefferson City — she is serving in her final term as state representative and has held a number of positions while in office. Skalicky, however, is a retired agriculture teacher who is new to state politics.
“Obviously I’m disappointed, but I hope that through the course of all this we’ve at least raised some awareness of some things, like funding for schools, predatory lending, Right to Work, senior citizens — things that people are generally concerned about,” Skalicky told the Democrat by phone. “Even though we didn’t win, we still raised awareness. … I would like to thank everyone who supported me and worked hard for me throughout this campaign. I met a lot of wonderful people and I’m appreciative of their hard work and support.”
While it’s not certain, Skalicky said he’s not opposed to the idea of running for political office in the future.
“I want to take some time off to rest and recharge my batteries, but I wouldn’t say this is my last run,” he said. “There’s a possibility I could do it again.”
Crawford said several senators already reached out to her Tuesday evening once election results were in and that she hopes to continue building relationships in the legislature. She noted she’ll be in Sedalia the next few days for the Missouri State Fair.
“Since the beginning I ran on the same platform since I ran for state representative the first time,” Crawford said. “My four platforms are pro-life, pro-second amendment, pro-business and pro-agriculture. My ultimate goal when I came to the state legislature was I hope when I go out that Missouri is a better place than when I came in. That we can move Missouri forward, whether that’s a better business climate, a better place to live. Just keeping government out of our lives the best we can.”
There is not an exact date set for when Crawford will assume her new seat. Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft must first certify the election results in the coming weeks.
“I want to thank the people of the 28th Senatorial District for coming out and voting,” Crawford said. “There was only one thing on ballot for the most part an Ii know that wasn’t the easiest thing to do to go vote for one thing, but I thank the voters for taking the time to get out and vote, and all those who helped on the campaign.”