PHOTO GALLERY: Voters turn out for City Council, School Board elections
Tuesday, April 7, 2009 | 10:04 a.m. CDT;
updated 11:42 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Barbara Hoppe announces her lead against her opponent, Rod Robison, at the Pasta Factory on Tuesday.
Columbia residents are casting their ballots for the Second Ward and
Sixth Ward City Council members and school board elections Tuesday
until 7 p.m.
Click here to view the Missourian Voters Guide.
Click here to read voters' reactions to the election.
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Second Ward City Council winner Jason Thornhill talks with friend and supporter Kevin Hayward at Thornhill's watch party at Bandana's BBQ on Tuesday. Thornhill won the election with 636 votes to Allan Sharrock's 607, according to the Boone County clerk.
Campaign Treasurer Linda Dellsperger, left, hands Michelle Pruitt champagne after news of her win on Tuesday.
From left, Sam Phillips, Dave Baugher, Ken Greimann and Tim Harlan surround a computer as Price Phillips, center, watches election results. Phillips finished the race with 2,392 votes, or 16.27 percent of the vote, approximately 10 percent fewer votes than than winner Michelle Pruitt and 3 percent fewer than winner Christine King.
Sixth Ward candidate Barbara Hoppe, left, keeps up to speed on election returns with supporters Vicki Hobes, center, and Ed Ricciotti at the Pasta Factory on Tuesday.
Voters from two precincts voted at Fairview Church of Christ on Tuesday. Election workers said there had been a steady stream of voters all morning, totaling about 95 by 10:30 a.m.
Mike Bellman hands Irene Ford a ballot at Fairview Road Church of Christ on Tuesday. Only school board candidates were on the ballot at this location. Ford said she was proud to say who she voted for: Dan Holt and Sam Phillips.
James Kraatz, 2, and Alice Kraatz, 3, help their mom, Elizabeth Kraatz, submit her ballot at Shepard Boulevard Elementary School. Elizabeth Kraatz thinks it's important to explain the voting process to her children from an early age. Voting should be something you do all your life, she said.
Polls opened at Parkade Baptist Church on Garth Ave. at 6 a.m. on Tuesday. "I like to see the variety of people that come out to vote," said election worker Ginny Van Hove.
McKenna Garman looks on as her mother, Lauri Garman, receives a ballot at Parkade Baptist Church. Lauri Garman said she always takes her children to vote with her. "They need to know that this is a right," she said.
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