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The Jefferson City Council will see two returning faces and two new ones when the new members are sworn in April 19.

Incumbents Laura Ward from Ward 2 and Mark Schreiber from Ward 5 won their bids for re-election with approximately a 100-vote difference from their opponents.

Meanwhile, Ward 3 will see newcomer Scott Spencer and Ward 4 will see newcomer Derrick Spicer, who both won with more than 150-vote leads.

Ward 1 incumbent David Kemna ran unopposed.

Ward 2

Ward, who will be in her last term on the council, received 58.6 percent of the vote to her opponent Edith Vogel's 40.7 percent.

Ward received 330 votes to Vogel's 231. Only two votes were cast in the Callaway County portion of Ward 2; both votes went to Vogel.

Ward was not available for comment Tuesday night.

"I think we both ran a nice clean campaign," Vogel said Tuesday night. "Laura is the incumbent, and she would have an advantage over me. But I took my shot. I sincerely wanted to run a good campaign, and I think I did and gave the voters another choice. I don't like elections where people run unopposed."

Previously, Ward said she wants to focus on improving safety around the city and preserving the historic nature of Jefferson City.

Ward 3

Spencer received 57.4 percent of the vote compared to his opponent Mary Schantz, who received 42.4 percent.

He received 688 votes to her 508.

Schantz was not available for comment Tuesday night.

"I'm just very pleased," Spencer said of the win. "I had a lot of good support, people walking neighborhoods for me. We had a limited fund on the campaign being self-funded, but with the firefighters and the police officers helping me and a lot of other good folks in the community, (we did it). We're ready to get to work and deal with some issues so we can move this community forward."

Previously, Spencer said the ward needs to focus on stormwater, streets, public safety and transportation but also emphasized economic development to help address funding those projects.

Ward 4

Spicer received 60.4 percent of the vote compared to his opponents Leonard Steinman, who received 7.3 percent, and Ryan Estes, who received 32.1 percent.

Spicer received 580 votes, Steinman received 70 votes and Estes received 308 votes.

"I worked hard, and it paid off tonight," Spicer said. "I put the time in and the dedication, and the voters got out and voted. I really appreciate it, and I'm going to fight for them. We've got to work together to help one another, and I'm really looking forward to working with the citizens in Ward 4."

Steinman announced Tuesday morning his intent to run for U.S. Senate in the next election cycle.

Estes said he called to congratulate Spicer on Tuesday night.

"I don't have regrets," he said. "I didn't necessarily do everything I had planned to because of conflicting obligations. But, I got 32 percent of the vote, which is less than I'd hoped, but I am proud of every vote I got. I don't know what's next, but there's lots of ways to do good out there. I'm already in the midst of some of those, and I'll do more, and I hope everyone else does, too."

Previously, Spicer put an emphasis on economic development through working with the schools to address the needs of area businesses, supporting public safety and addressing stormwater needs.

Ward 5

Schreiber received 54.8 percent of the votes compared to his opponent Alicia Edwards' 44.8 percent.

He received 476 votes to her 389 votes.

Schreiber was not available for comment Tuesday night.

While the results weren't what she'd hoped for, Edwards said, she is proud of what she did.

"This is not a setback for me," she said. "This is just another hurdle that I've jumped over, and the work doesn't stop here. I'm going to keep going. My main objective is to be the voice for the people, and I think that I could continue to be that whether I'm on City Council or not. My work doesn't stop here. It didn't start here, and it's definitely not going to stop here."

Previously, Schreiber discussed the importance of projects such as the Missouri State Penitentiary redevelopment for economic development efforts and his hope to see Jefferson City as a tourist destination.

See also:

April 6, 2021, Municipal Election Results

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