Ken Wilson

SMITHVILLE — In the race for Missouri’s District 12 House seat, incumbent Republican Ken Wilson retained his seat with 60 percent of the votes cast, receiving 10,353 votes out of 17,075 total between Clay and Platte Counties, according to unofficial election board results. Democratic challenger Sandy Van Wagner received 40 percent of voter support, claiming 6,722 votes.

“I am relieved and I’m glad it’s over, but now I’m ready to get going,” Wilson said after learning the results of the race. “There are still some things we got to do, there are still some law enforcement things that I want to work on.”

Though Wilson does not currently have any bills prepared to pre-file, he said it doesn’t mean he won’t have something later for the upcoming session, adding he will make a decision after evaluating things in Jefferson City.

“I’ll be there in the morning and start getting things together again,” he said after the Tuesday, Nov. 6 election.

Wilson said being re-elected is a humbling experience. This will be Wilson’s last term due to term limits.

“It’s an honor, truly, truly an honor to be able to serve this great district again,” he said. “… It’s a very humbling experience and it’s one that I take very seriously. I’m just ready to go back to work.”

Northwest Editor Sean Roberts can be reached at or 389-6606.

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