Candidates pitch February vote

Historic City of Jefferson president Steve Veile welcomes candidates and residents to the organization’s first voter forum Tuesday evening. Historic preservation is one issue facing mayoral candidates.

Historic City of Jefferson president Steve Veile welcomes candidates and residents to the organization’s first voter forum Tuesday evening. Historic preservation is one issue facing mayoral candidates. Photo by Kelley McCall.

Jefferson City mayoral candidates Eric Struemph and George Hartsfield both said Tuesday they want to help develop the city’s future by emphasizing some of its past.

Candidate Leonard Steinman said he’s running because he wants to stop the influence of cliques in city government.

Under the City Charter’s nonpartisan election rules, because three candidates filed for the mayor’s and prosecutor’s offices, they must appear on the February primary ballot.

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The two candidates with the most votes then would face each other in April — unless one gets more than 50 percent of the vote next month. In that case, that person is declared the winner.

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