JAMESTOWN, Mo. — The incumbent Jamestown mayor will face a challenger in the April 2 election.
Mayor Dayna Coonce will face challenger Larry Borts for the two-year term.
Coonce said she is seeking re-election to continue working for her hometown. In the April 2017 election, she was elected by write-in votes.
"It was a big learning experience," Coonce said.
She had no previous experience as mayor or on the board, but said she felt prepared from her previous job. For 32 years, she worked as a meat inspector for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, traveling throughout Missouri.
She said she's not in the position for the money because small-town government doesn't pay much. Instead, she's interested in the betterment of the community.
"In a lot of areas, it's a thankless job for anyone who holds a public office," Coonce said. "I've lived my whole life in Jamestown, with the exception of maybe a year and a half or so. I feel like sort of an obligation as a lifetime citizen."
She added the city has been doing well on the communication side. She and the city clerk have sent newsletters to residents to keep them informed on city happenings. She said she is committed to continue to do what's best.
"There's still a lot to be learned; I'm just committed to do it another two years if I'm elected," she said.
Borts, who is a first-time candidate for mayor, said he is running after several requests from area residents.
"I lived in the Jamestown area all my life," Borts said.
He retired as owner of L&S Propane in 2008. Previously, he was the manager of three other propane companies. Those experiences, he said, would help him as mayor.
"I managed a company for about 15 years before I started my own," Borts said. "I feel like I can manage the city, too."
He also serves as board president of the Jamestown Rural Fire Protection District, a role he's held since 1999.
He said he's never been an alderman or on a city board, but he has been in a position of helping the community as a member of the fire protection district board.
"The fire department has really done well since then," he added about becoming a fire protection district.