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Incumbent Cheri Toalson Reisch Wins Re-election to Missouri House

Republican incumbent Cheri Toalson Reisch has secured her seat as the Missouri State representative for House District 44. Toalson Reisch defeated her Democratic challenger Jacque Sample, taking nearly 60% of the vote.

This will be Toalson Reisch's third term as State Representative.

She previously served as the Mayor of Hallsville for four years, and was the city's clerk and court administrator for 30 years. Toalson Reisch's platform includes education and criminal justice reform, as well as Missouri’s economic recovery from COVID-19 .

"I want to decrease unemployment in Missouri and help create jobs,” Toalson Reisch said. “I’m very fortunate to have the industrial corridor in my district, and Columbia has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state.”

District 44 stretches from Northern Columbia to Centralia. Toalson Reich's opponent Jacque Sample, a 20-year resident of Boone County, is an occupational therapist. Before that, she worked at the University of Missouri Columbia as a clinical instructor and program director.

Sample posted on her Facebook page after the unofficial results were tallied up. “I look forward to continuing to serve persons of the 44th and all of Missouri in whatever capacity I can,” she wrote. “I am committed to making our state the best it can be.”