ST. JOSEPH, Mo
Beau Walker, a lifelong St. Joseph man who has never ran for political office, officially kicked off a campaign for mayor on Thursday.
Walker held a reception for friends, family and other supporters at the Paradox Theater. The local business owner and pastor of the Make 12 Church downtown says if elected, he would work to unify the city council to make better decisions that would benefit everyone.
Walker also says he is focused on doing something about the city's appearance and public perception and work to clean things up. He would also like to build on the positive momentum that has come to downtown.
"What I've started to sense is a hunger," Walker said. "I think that people are really believe in St. Joseph. I believe the frustration that we're sensing is that people believe we could be so much more and they want it to be so much more. Sometimes maybe when people sound angry, what they're really doing is they're crying out saying, 'Hey, we want to help. We want to see things happen. Can we please do that?'"
Walker joins at least three others who have voiced interest in running for mayor.
Current mayor Bill Falkner announced he will not be running for reelection.