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Why Yinka?

I’m running for Secretary of State to protect the right to vote for Missouri families, to ensure that your voice will be heard by your elected officials through ballot measures, as well as securing our elections. My entire professional career, from serving in the military to practicing law to my work with nonprofits, I have always sought to be a problem-solver and someone who continually moves further upstream to get things done.



U.S. Army Veteran Yinka Faleti Issues Statement in Support of Lauren Gepford's Complaint Against Secretary Ashcroft and Governor Parson

On Friday, October 10, Missouri Democratic Party Executive Director Lauren Gepford filed a complaint calling on Secretary of State Ashcroft to open investigations into himself and the Governor for misuse of power for partisan political gain. Yinka Faleti, Democratic nominee for Missouri Secretary of State, released the following statement: "I fully support the Missouri Democratic Party's complaint. Jay Ashcroft and Mike Parson are doing a disservice to the people of Missouri. I hope Ashcroft does what's right and immediately opens investigations into his and Governor Parson’s use of taxpayer resources to help their campaigns.”


Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas Endorses Yinka Faleti for Missouri Secretary of State

On September 10th, at a press conference at the Black Archives of Mid-America, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas endorsed Army Veteran Yinka Faleti for Missouri Secretary of State.


Army Veteran Yinka Faleti Raises Over $155,000 in Most Recent Filing Period, Surpassing Jay Ashcroft in Total Raise for Election Cycle

"On Thursday, September 3, Yinka Faleti, Democratic nominee for Missouri Secretary of State, announced his campaign raised $157,199 between July 24 and August 29, bringing in more in that period than in the entirety of the second quarter of this year. Republican incumbent Jay Ashcroft’s campaign for re-election reported raising $44,710 in the same period - giving Faleti’s campaign an over 3:1 fundraising advantage and bringing Faleti's total raise for the election cycle above Ashcroft's."



Yinka's story is an inspiring American dream come true. Yinka immigrated from Lagos, Nigeria to the U.S. at the age of seven; became a U.S. citizen; earned an appointment to and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point; and served as a combat arms U.S. Army officer in tank units in two back-to-back overseas deployments to Kuwait--the second deployment in response to 9/11. Washington University Law School brought Yinka to Missouri. He worked in private practice at a global law firm, followed by service as a state prosecutor before serving as a senior VP at United Way. He then led as the second executive director of the nonprofit founded by the Ferguson Commission, Forward Through Ferguson.