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Aaron Mealy announced Friday he will run for the open Ward 2 Jefferson City Council seat in the April municipal election.

Mealy was born in and grew up in Jefferson City. He’s a graduate of Helias High School and attended Lincoln University and the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Mealy currently works for the Missouri Department of Social Services.

He volunteers with Missouri River Relief, an organization dedicated to removing trash from Missouri waterways.

“In Jefferson City, many of us drink from the Missouri River. By keeping rivers clean, we promote a healthier life for residents of our community,” Mealy said in a news release.

He also volunteered helping impacted residents following the May 22 tornado, which inspired him to help the community.

“After volunteering in the weeks after the tornado, it was clear to me that I wanted to continue to help improve Jefferson City,” Mealy said in the news release.

Mealy is also interested in finding innovative ways to connect members of the community, creating more outdoor recreation opportunities and enhancing restoration efforts to “keep Jefferson City beautiful for generations to come.”

Current Ward 2 Councilman Rick Mihalevich is terming out in April, along with Ward 1 Councilman Rick Prather.

Michael Lester also announced he intends to run for the open Ward 2 seat.

The municipal election is April 7. Filing for the election opens at 8 a.m. Dec. 17 and ends at 5 p.m. Jan. 21.

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