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Jefferson City Ward 5 Councilman Jon Hensley has announced his intention to file for re-election.

He is the first to announce his intent to run for the Ward 5 seat on the April 5 ballot. Official filing opens Dec. 7 and closes Dec. 28. There is one seat open for each of Jefferson City's five wards for two-year terms.

Hensley was elected to the City Council in 2018.

During his time on the council, Hensley has focused on the financial side of things, he said.

For the last two years, he's served as chairman of the finance and budget committees.

Hensley said he wants to ensure essential infrastructure and core services, such as police and fire, receive adequate funding.

He supported putting the quarter-cent public safety sales tax to the voters, which passed earlier this month, and pushed to allocate $1 million for stormwater projects in the 2022 city budget.

If elected to a third term, Hensley said he would remain focused on these sorts of core priorities because they are the aspects of city government that touch people's lives most frequently and directly.

"We deal with such a wide variety of issues and challenges on the council, from routine contracting and policy matters to complex and expensive problems that could impact our community for generations," Hensley said. "I enjoy studying these issues and collaborating with all of my council colleagues to find solutions. The best part of the job, though, is the day-to-day interaction with our neighbors: discussing current issues, helping to resolve concerns, and connecting residents with the right city services to address their needs."

Hensley and his wife, Melissa, have four children.

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