A Lee’s Summit resident has announced his candidacy for Missouri State Representative and will make the official announcement today in Lee’s Summit.

A Lee’s Summit resident has announced his candidacy for Missouri State Representative and will make the official announcement today in Lee’s Summit.

Mike Cierpiot, a Republican, is vying for the seat currently held by Brian Yates in District 56, who is not eligible for re-election due to term limits.

Cierpiot will make the announcement at 6 p.m. at Coves Clubhouse, 4105 Lake Dr. in Lee’s Summit.

District 56 includes parts of southern Blue Springs, Grain Valley and Oak Grove and eastern Lee’s Summit.

Cierpiot said in a press release issued last week that he’s committed to keeping Eastern Jackson County a great place to live and raise a family.

“After 20 years of working for and with candidates that were willing to stand for conservative principles, I have decided to step up and take a more public position in this important effort,” Cierpiot said. “I am committed to continuing the conservative representation District 56 has had in the past.”

Cierpiot has worked for 36 years at SBC/AT&T. His experience includes management for the past 24 years. He has been active in local Republican politics and campaigns for the past 20 years – including his wife’s campaign when she ran for the Missouri General Assembly.

He also was a Republican County Committee person for 11 years.

Cierpiot said he hopes to work in the majority party in Jefferson City and vows to help keep Missouri in sound and sustainable financial condition.

His wife, Connie, was first elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 1994, serving District 52 in Independence until January 2003 when she was termed out.