Missouri Secretary of State 2020
Yinka Faleti is the front-runner for the Democratic nomination 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.
Yinka’s big break came through education. He graduated as valedictorian of his junior high school in Florida. In lieu of his last two years of high school, Yinka attended and graduated from the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science. From there, he accepted an appointment to and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Duty, Honor, Country: while this is the West Point motto, it’s also an accurate description of Yinka. He served in the active duty United States Army as a combat arms officer in tank units for over six years. Yinka attained the rank of Captain after two deployments overseas to Kuwait as part of Operation Desert Spring prior to 9/11 and Operation Enduring Freedom in response to 9/11.
After his Army career, Yinka moved to St. Louis to attend and graduate from law school at Washington University. He then practiced as an attorney at the global law firm of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner and subsequently as a state prosecutor, where he worked for justice for victims of abuse, assault, and burglary.
Sensing there was even more he could do to help his community, Yinka accepted a position as senior vice president with United Way of Greater St. Louis. There, he led the fundraising and volunteer engagement divisions, raising $300M during his tenure to help people in the Greater St. Louis region. Most recently, Yinka served as Executive Director of the successor nonprofit to the Ferguson Commission, Forward Through Ferguson. He recently stepped aside from that post to seek the office of Secretary of State of Missouri.
Yinka Faleti on the Issues
Yinka knows first-hand the value of voting and why it is important for all Missourians to have their voice heard. Members of all parties deserve the right to a fair and equitable election.
Ballot initiatives have the added benefit of keeping voters engaged in the process and lead to higher voter turnout, and, as dark money continues to pervade our political system, initiatives help assure that politicians execute the will of voters.
Yinka trusts that women are capable of making complex decisions about their own health care and lives without unnecessary interference from lawmakers. State after state is passing laws that interfere with a woman’s ability to have a private relationship with her own physician; illegally tracking women’s medical records, and insisting on scientifically unproven measures and even procedures that do not exist in medical science. Yinka will work to ensure that the practice of medicine is left to licensed health professionals, not elected officials.
SMALL BUSINESS AND ENTREPRENEURS
The bedrocks of our state’s economic vibrancy are small businesses and entrepreneurs. I know that starting a business can’t be bogged down by red tape and we need smart, efficient government to compete with other states and other countries to attract entrepreneurs and their businesses. Businesses need resources to succeed and bureaucracy should not stand in the way of that success.
Yinka lives in St. Louis with his wife, Ronke, and their three cheeky and charming children.
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