Having immigrated to the U.S. as a child, Yinka's life path includes graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point, serving in the Army before and after September 11, and Law School at Washington University in St. Louis. Yinka knows firsthand the value of voting and why it is important for all Missourians to have their voice heard. Missourians of all political persuasions deserve the right to safe, secure, and accessible elections.
There are few systems that better allow for direct democratic engagement from citizens than the ballot initiative process. Missouri's most progressive and commonsense reforms have not come from the legislature, but instead from ballot initiatives. The Secretary of State is central to the process, positioning, and final language of ballot initiatives. As Secretary of State, Yinka would zealously protect this mechanism for direct citizen engagement.
Healthcare is a basic human right, plain and simple. Ensuring every Missourian receives the healthcare they need is a central part of the state government's responsibility. Whether through the expansion of Medicaid or the removal of laws prohibiting women from making their own choices about their own bodies, Yinka will work to ensure Missourians receive the healthcare they need and the practice of medicine is left to licensed healthcare professionals, not elected officials.
The bedrocks of our state’s economic vibrancy are small businesses and entrepreneurs. Starting a business should not be bogged down by red tape. We need smart, efficient government to compete with other states and other countries to attract entrepreneurial talent to Missouri. Businesses need resources to succeed and bureaucracy should not stand in the way of that success.
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Yinka Faleti is a West Point graduate, a U.S. Army Veteran, and the Democratic Nominee for Missouri Secretary of State. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, he immigrated to the United States at the age of seven, arriving at John F. Kennedy Airport. Yinka's story is one that is inspiring and truly an American dream come true.MORE ABOUT YINKA