LIBERTY — Incumbent Rep. Mark Ellebracht retains his House seat in Missouri’s District 17 according to unofficial results from the Clay County Election Board. In 19 precincts and of 15,220 county votes cast, Ellebracht took 8,625 votes to challenger Mary Hill’s 6,595 votes. This is the second election in which the two have vied for the seat.

Ellebracht, on election night, called his win a “good statement from the voters in the district.”

Earlier in the day, Ellebracht wrote on Facebook that on Nov. 6, 1860, the United States elected Abraham Lincoln and “it is altogether fitting and proper that we rededicate ourselves and highly resolve that the government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from the earth.”

“That was my sentiment going into the election,” he said. “It was about remembering to listen to what people say and to truly hear them. It’s not about party politics, but doing a good job for my hometown.”

Ellebracht will hold his next community forum at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Liberty Mid-Continent library branch, 1000 Kent St.

“It’s great that it’s so soon and I can listen to what my constituents want,” he said.

As for next legislative session, Ellebracht plans to continue his efforts for transparency in government and modernizing the Sunshine Law so people can get a hold of records easier. He also plans to continue to fight for the Consumer Protection Act.

“I’m going to keep doing what I’ve been doing,” he said. “I want those in my district to know that they can call and email me.”

Constituents in Missouri’s House District 17 can reach Mark Ellebracht’s office by phone at (573) 751-1218.

Southeast Editor Kellie Houx can be reached at kellie.houx@mycouriertribune.com or 389-6630. 

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