Horner withdraws from school board race

Monday, February 25, 2008 | 12:57 p.m. CST; updated 1:50 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

COLUMBIA — School board candidate Kevin Horner filed a statement of withdrawal Monday morning to remove his name from the ballot in April.

According to his blog, Horner did not think he had the right motivation to run for school board.

Horner said in a previous interview that his primary reason for running was fiscal responsibility. He said that when the tax levy failed to pass, there would need to be questioning of certain spending within the district.

In his blog, Horner cited that after much contemplation, “I realize my primary motive is anger towards the proposed tax levy and not a passion for improving Columbia Public Schools.”

With Horner’s withdrawal, there are now six candidates running for three open spots on the school board. The candidates are Gale Hairston, Ines Segert, Rosie Tippin and Arch Brooks, incumbent Tom Rose and incumbent and current board Vice President Darin Preis.

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