About the Campaign

There is a fresh face with a new vision entering the 2016 gubernatorial race in Missouri. His name is Lester Turilli, Jr., and he is an Independent candidate. If you are looking for an authentic leader with a solid moral compass to lead this state, then consider casting your vote for Lester. Turilli, 45, may be the only gubernatorial candidate who has surrounded himself with a prayer team which prays daily for revival in the state. His genuine love for the people of Missouri is second only to his love for God. He approaches the gubernatorial race with a commitment to positive campaigning, integrity, and social justice. Lester grew up in Creve Coeur, Missouri. After graduating from Parkway North High School, he attended Baylor University, graduating with a BBA in Management and Entrepreneurship.

Currently, Turilli is an executive in his family business, Meramec Caverns and Caveman Zipline. His comprehensive understanding of business, public relations, marketing, the environment, and leadership in crisis situations have served him well as an executive and will do the same for his role in serving the people of Missouri. More than his business acumen, however, Turilli credits his relationship with God for motivating and enabling him to seek a political position. “Two years ago,” he says, “I fully surrendered my schedule, fears, career, and personal will to God.”

Because I, Lester Turilli, Jr., and my supporters are people just like you, we can empathize with the struggles and concerns that you face on a daily basis. Unique to my campaign, I have positioned myself first as a listener, fully recognizing the time and commitment that listening carefully to Missouri voters will require. Hearing you and your ideas is essential to understanding needs, problems, and solutions. Shared views begin the process of helping, fixing, and progressing. Functional and lasting problem-solving comes only through deeper examination into the root of the issue. Creative solutions can be implemented once these areas are uncovered. "Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger" (James1:19). "Intelligent people are always ready to learn. Their ears are open to knowledge" (Proverbs 18:15).