Greene County Republicans Retain House Seats, Fall Short of Sweep
Six of the seven races for Missouri House appearing on Greene County ballots went to the Republican candidates on Tuesday.
Curtis Trent is the winner in District 133 after receiving 68 percent of the vote. The Springfield native joined with hundreds of supporters and other Republican candidates for a watch party at the Ramada Oasis Convention Center Tuesday night.
“I’m feeling very good, I’m grateful to the people for the trust that they have placed in me and the obligation that they’ve laid on me and I look forward to working as hard as I can in the next two years to earn that trust and hold that obligation,” Trent said.
Trent, who defeated Democrat Jim Clemmons, says right to work; court reform and jobs will be among the issues he’ll focus on while in Jefferson City.
The 135th District goes to Republican Steve Helms, who earned 50 percent of votes, six points higher than his Democratic challenger Randy Alberhasky.
“Randy’s done a great job, it’s be a tough race and so we’ve all put everything that we can on the table,” Helms said. “We’ve both gotten out and knocked doors you just give everything you have. It’s been a good season but it’s been a tough season.”
All Republican incumbent representatives in Greene County won re-election Tuesday. Jeff Messenger soundly defeated Democratic opponent Ella Jane Goeppinger, winning 79 percent of the vote to retain his 130th House seat. For District 131, Republican Sonya Murray Anderson received 67 percent of the vote to Democrat Nate Branscom’s 27 percent. Republican Elijah Haahr was also re-elected to House District 134, winning 58 percent of the vote. Democrat Angelo Pryor received 37 percent. And Republican Kevin Austin of Missouri’s 136 District defeated challenger Jeff Munzinger, 64 to 36 percent.
The lone district to go blue is already held by a Democrat who was barred by term limits from running again. Crystal Quade received 63 percent of the vote to deliver a rare Republican defeat Tuesday of Thomas Quinn.
Upon learning of the results, Quinn said, “We had a great race. I’m really happy to have participated and I wish Crystal the best and I’m gonna keep a close eye, were gonna try work together on a few initiatives perhaps in the future.”