By Debby Woodin
MOUNT VERNON, Mo. —
Voters on Tuesday elected a Republican to fill the 157th District seat in the Missouri House of Representatives.
The race was watched closely because of its potential to weaken the supermajority that Republicans will retain in the House when Mike Moon is seated.
Moon, 54, whose rural Ash Grove farm is in Lawrence County, defeated Democrat Charles Dake, 74, of Miller, according to complete but unofficial returns. The vote was 3,668 for Moon and 2,507 for Dake, a veterinarian.
The vote came in a special election declared by Gov. Jay Nixon after the district’s incumbent, Don Ruzicka, resigned Dec. 21 to take an appointment on the state Board of Probation and Parole. Ruzicka, of Mount Vernon, a former agent with the Missouri Department of Conservation, had held the seat since 2007. He took the seat from Dake, who had won it in a similar special election in 2006.
Moon, a graduate of Missouri State University in Springfield, made his first bid for a political seat in 2010. He was one of several Republicans who sought the GOP nomination for the 7th District U.S. House seat that ultimately was won by Billy Long, R-Springfield.
Moon said he agreed to run for the 157th District House seat “to stand with other liberty-minded legislators to protect freedom, promote capitalism, limit taxes, protect our right to keep and bear arms, and defend the innocent, among other things.”