(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) In less than four weeks, voters will make their way back to the polls to decide which of the two remaining candidates will be elected the next mayor of St. Joseph.
The race for mayor is between former Buchanan County Public Administrator Bill McMurray, and local pastor and business owner Beau Walker.
"I've been a pastor for 10 years, a business owner for five years, a dad, a husband, a soccer coach...so why not run for mayor too," Walker said.
Both candidates come from different backgrounds.
"I was a successful businessman in the insurance business for 25 years and I've had 10 years experience in politics as the public administrator of Buchanan County," McMurray said.
If elected, McMurray said he plans on making City Hall more accessible to the public.
"One of the big things I've said is I'll institute a mayor's hotline, so people can call me," McMurray said. "I've also said that the door to the Mayor's office will always be open."
Walker has been part of a group of younger generation of businessmen and women who have led the efforts to bring downtown St. Joseph back to life.
"Sometimes it's embarrassing to drive around and see the trash and see the buildings, so those are some things that I want to work on," Walker said.
However, both candidates agreed this is not an election voters should take lightly because whichever way the public votes, one of the two will become the city's next mayor.
"St. Joe has been very good to me and I wanna return the favor. I would like to make our city an even better city," McMurray said.
"There are fabulous people here, and if you look at our history the things that have been created in this place - St. Joseph. It is a city on a hill," Walker said.
Each candidate plans on spending the next month attending public forums and meeting with people in the community.
The general election will be held on April 3rd.
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