Nigerian-American, Yinka Faleti, has failed in his bid to become the Missouri Secretary of State in the 2020 US election.
Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft won a second term Tuesday night, defeating Democratic challenger Yinka Faleti in the general election.
Ashcroft ran on a platform prioritizing job creation, saving taxpayer dollars by eliminating waste in his office’s budget, and promoting fair elections through clear ballot language, ensuring election security and tightening voter ID requirements.
Ashcroft defeated Faleti, a graduate of Washington University Law School who stepped down as the director of Forward Through Ferguson in order to run for secretary of state. Forward Through Ferguson is the non-profit successor to the Ferguson Commission.
However, Faleti said he would “continue to fight” for the development of Missouri.
He said this in a series of tweets announcing the outcome of the election.
The Nigerian-American tweeted, “While the results of this election did not go the way we wanted, I am grateful for the support of so many who brought us this far.
“With your help and support, we have brought attention to the fight to have every vote counted.
“We have shone light on dark efforts to suppress voter turnout, disenfranchise communities and rob Missourians of their ability to decide their own future on their own terms. But our work is not yet over.
“Civic engagement does not end after an election. Voting is only the beginning. Those who we elect are supposed to serve the people; and, in turn, the people are meant to hold their elected officials accountable. I ask you to do that.
“As I have said since the beginning of our campaign, democracy demands participation. Our democracy is strong only if we the people exercise our power to hold our elected leaders to account.
The Missouri Secretary of State is responsible for state documents and state elections, among other responsibilities.
“The Office of the Secretary of State has many diverse responsibilities, all linked by the common theme of information,” according to the Secretary of State’s website. “The office is responsible for collecting, compiling, storing and publishing a variety of state documents. The Secretary of State, as keeper of the Great Seal of the State of Missouri, authenticates official acts of the governor.
In addition, the Secretary of State serves as the chief elections official in Missouri.”
Ashcroft, 47, took office after winning in 2016. It is the only position he has held in his political career.