We did it! We did it because of your incredible dedication and devotion, your heart and hard work.
Sheena and I thank all of you. Thank you for your faith, your prayers, your hard work, your courage, and your sacrifice. Thank you for having our back.
Around this state, thousands of you joined us in a grassroots campaign—a movement that hasn’t been seen in Missouri for generations. There were law enforcement officers and first responders who brought their friends and family out and made thousands of phone calls. High school students who woke up before the sun rose to put up campaign signs. And so many strong veterans around the state who stood beside us.
This campaign reminded us that great teams can be formed out of great struggle. All of us on this campaign knew how much was at stake. We knew how many people were counting on us. That mission gave us clarity and courage. That shared purpose gave us strength.
Our mission was—and is—to create a stronger Missouri, to take this state in a new and better direction. And we are going to work to make sure we bring more jobs, higher pay, safer streets, and better schools to our state.
What we earned yesterday is something sacred: the privilege to serve. As your Governor, I intend to be a servant-leader. As citizens, we all need to serve alongside and for each other. Now we must take all of this energy, all of this compassion, all of this courage—and use it to build a Missouri we can be proud to pass on to our kids and grandkids.
Sheena and I are honored, humbled, and inspired to be on this journey with you.
Almost three thousand years ago, the poet Homer wrote the story of an ancient warrior named Odysseus. His war was over, and Odysseus and his crew faced a difficult journey home. Thinking of the obstacles and the uncertainty ahead, they said: “We will endure it, keeping a stubborn spirit inside us. We have done much hard work on the waves and in the fighting. Now, let this adventure begin.”
Our adventure—our next mission—begins today.
Yours in service,