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Brian Stumpe elected Jefferson City municipal judge

Brian Stumpe elected Jefferson City municipal judge

April 3rd, 2019 by Nicole Roberts in Local News

Municipal judge candidates Brian Stumpe, front, answers questions Monday with Tim Anderson during a candidate forum at Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church.

Photo by Sally Ince /News Tribune.

Current City Prosecutor Brian Stumpe will serve as Jefferson City's new municipal judge.

Of the 4,847 votes cast Tuesday, Stumpe received 2,008 votes (41.43 percent), according to unofficial Cole County results.

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"I am grateful to the people and humbled to them for trusting me for giving me this opportunity," Stumpe said. "I hope to serve with honor and dignity."

Stumpe previously said he plans to continue and potentially expand the municipal court programs. He also wants to form partnerships with Lincoln University to help with the municipal court programs.

Stumpe also serves as a partner attorney at The Law Offices of Stumpe and Schrimpf LLC.

Candidate Angela Silvey received 1,450 votes (29.92 percent) in Cole County, according to the unofficial results.

"Obviously I'm disappointed, but we ran a really strong race, and I wish Brian the best for this position because I want the city to succeed," Silvey said. "He was the one that was chosen, and he has my full support."

Silvey's main campaign goals were expanding municipal court programs to include a mental health court, as well as finding alternatives to break the cycle where someone can't pay a fine and continues to appear in municipal court.

Silvey, who is a partner attorney at Silvey Associates, said there is a possibility she will run for a city position in the future.

Candidate Tim Anderson received 1,382 votes (28.51 percent) in Cole County, according to the unofficial results.

Anderson said he would like to thank residents who voted for him Tuesday.

"I would like to congratulate Brian Stumpe," he said. "He ran an excellent campaign, and I trust he will do a fine job as Jefferson City's next municipal judge."

Anderson's main campaign goal was to expand municipal court programs to include a program where victims and defendants can speak and ask questions. He also wanted to continue enforcing laws fairly, firmly and with mercy.

Anderson is a retired Missouri assistant attorney general.

The municipal judge is paid $35,000 annually, according to Jefferson City Human Resources Department Director Gail Strope.

Serving a two-year term, Stumpe will replace interim municipal judge Curtis Hanrahan once he is sworn in at the next Jefferson City Council meeting.

Former municipal judge Cotton Walker won the associate circuit judge position last November and took over his new role in January.

This article was updated at 10 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2019, with additional background information.