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St. Louis candidates run for re-election while eyeing mayoral bid

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State Senator Jamilah Nasheed and St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura Jones are running for reelection. Credit: KMOV State Senator Jamilah Nasheed and St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura Jones are running for reelection. Credit: KMOV
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Days before they ask voters to re-elect them, a pair of St. Louis candidates may have their sights set on a different position. 

Treasurer Tishaura Jones and State Senator Jamilah Nasheed are eyeing the mayor's office. 

Jones spoke with News 4 and said her campaign plans to run. 

 "We [Jones' campaign] are not going to announce right now," Jones said. "We are going to wait until we get through the general election but that will be the plan."

Nasheed said she would not be closed to any opportunities. 

"However, right now, what I am focusing in on is making sure we have Democrats in the governor's office, as well as the senate," Nasheed said. 

When asked how they would balance their elected office duties with campaigning for another position, neither hesitated that they could pull it off.

"I'm very versatile. I have a lot of energy. I would continue to serve my constituents on a state level and if I choose to run, then that would not take away from my duties as a senator," said Nasheed.

"I have an amazing team and amazing staff. I just set the vision and they are there to carry it out," said Jones.

If Jones becomes mayor, she would appoint her replacement for St. Louis Treasurer.

"Of course it would be someone who I would work with to continue the programs we've already started to take them to the next level," said Jones.

If Nasheed is elected mayor, there would be a special election to fill her State Senate seat.

"I think the people know that I have a heart to serve and they want to make sure they have someone either in the Senate or here locally that represents their interests," said Nasheed.

To be clear, neither have officially filed to run for mayor, as that is not even an option yet.

Both Jones and Nasheed are far from the only elected or appointed city leaders to plan to campaign for mayor but they are the only ones asking to be re-elected just months before people would vote for mayor. Police Chief Sam Dotson, Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed, Alderman Antonio French, and Alderwoman Lyda Krewson already announced they are running for mayor.

"I don't think my constituents will have a problem with me making that move, if that were my choice," said Nasheed.

"I wasn't looking for this opportunity. It just kind of fell in my lap. If people like what I've done in the Treasurer's office, then hopefully they will like what I plan to do in the Mayor's office," said Jones.

Both Jones and Nasheed were clear that no official mayoral announcement will come before the November 8th election.

"I like to keep my government job first. So we have to get past the general election. And there is a lot of noise out here. We are making sure all of the candidates that are there now have the opportunity to run without interference from the mayor's race," said Jones.

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