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Eastside Tavern owner Sal Nuccio announces bid for mayor

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT; updated 9:32 a.m. CDT, Thursday, October 22, 2009

COLUMBIA — Sal Nuccio, a downtown bar owner and one-time Columbia City Council candidate, said Tuesday he is running for mayor.

Nuccio, who owns Eastside Tavern on Broadway, mounted a campaign for the First Ward council seat in 2007, but dropped out of the race two days before the filing deadline. Afterward, he told the Missourian he had started the bid as a publicity stunt that grew into a full-blown campaign, but new business opportunities had taken his focus away from the race.

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Nuccio now says he dropped out of the race because he didn't want to split votes with fellow downtown business owner and First Ward candidate Paul Sturtz. In his announcement, Nuccio endorsed Sturtz, the eventual winner.

"I had to put my own ambitions aside," he said.

This time, Nuccio said, he's better prepared and in a better position to win.

Nuccio, 42, said he is at a point in his life when he would bring enough experience to do the job well but still relate to young people. As the public face of Columbia, Nuccio said he would best represent the city's attitude.

"A progressive town needs a progressive mayor," Nuccio said. "For a guy like me, this is a more realistic position."

Nuccio said he's poised to win because he's well-known in the community, especially among downtown business owners. He also said he thinks the city's young people will rally around him and that his lack of political background will be an asset.

Unlike career politicians, "I'm not corrupted yet," he said.

To get on the ballot, Nuccio will need to collect 100 signatures from registered Columbia voters. He said collecting the signatures wouldn't be hard because of his notoriety around town. He said he has collected 50 already.

Nuccio hasn't developed an official platform yet, but the issues he is most concerned about were shown in his earlier run for office. As a candidate for the First Ward council seat in 2007, Nuccio called for more police presence downtown to discourage vandalism and fights. He also supported more focus on development downtown.

Nuccio said he supports the work of the Downtown Police Team, a unit that works exclusively in the downtown area. Some other downtown business owners have expressed dissatisfaction with the team's "walk-through" liquor law compliance checks.

There's still a need for increased police presence downtown to stop violence and prevent vandalism, Nuccio said, but the plan needs some minor adjustments.

"I would definitely work very closely with the chief of police to adjust and tweak the way they're policing," he said.

He also said he still supports development in the heart of Columbia, rather than at the city's borders. He said the approach is better for the environment because it limits sprawl, and it would improve the economy by increasing the number of people within city limits.

Nuccio also said he wants to put the city's ban on smoking in public areas to a public referendum.

Mayor Darwin Hindman announced in August he wouldn't seek re-election after 15 years in office. The last time a mayor decided not to seek the office again, Hindman came out on top of a six-candidate field.

Fourth Ward Councilman Jerry Wade is the only other candidate to announce officially his intent to run for mayor.

The filing period for council candidates will begin Oct. 23 and end in late January. The city charter dictates that those interested in running for mayor must collect between 100 and 150 signatures from registered Columbia voters.

The election will be in April 2010.


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Charles Dudley Jr October 14, 2009 | 4:33 a.m.

What are this guy's qualifications again?

A bar owner? Ya right.

Mike Martin of the Columbia Heart Beat for Mayor in 2010.

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Panama Red October 14, 2009 | 7:29 a.m.

Just because he's not a real estate lackey or a land mogul don't mean he can't do the job ...

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King Diamond October 14, 2009 | 8:50 a.m.

Chuck, he is for increased law enforcement downtown and cleaning up and making that area safe again. You might find yourself agreeing with him more than disagreeing.

He already knows how to run a business and being the mayor isn't all that different of a job.

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Charles Dudley Jr October 14, 2009 | 11:05 a.m.

Panama Red we need somebody who has some real stuff on the ball and who knows about smart growth and smart spending and that means some real experience in what this city truly needs to make it the best it can be.

The candidate needs to see all sides of the coin and not just the business side of things. They need to have the true "grass roots thinking this town needs" so all of this city can move forward and not just the chosen few.

I'm not impressed at all by the unknowns and those who are not putting themselves out into the community feet first daily and also keeping this community informed of things you do not normally hear due to the old boy network does not want some things known.

Once again why should I vote for this guy?

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Ayn Rand October 14, 2009 | 1:45 p.m.

Yeah, Chuck, one look at this guy's photo, and it's clear that he's just another member of the old boy network.

Why don't you run for mayor?

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balls for balls October 14, 2009 | 2:45 p.m.

Unfortunately, this city isn't so easy a caveman could do it...

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j p October 14, 2009 | 3:49 p.m.

I can see by the comments of those who are opposed to Mr Nuccio that they are either judgemental of his appearance or of his experience. Why not elect someone who has limited experience? Why not elect someone with a more "alternative" viewpoint? Some companies prefer to hire inexperienced workers for major management positions because they bring an open mind and fresh perspective to that particular company. Yes, running a city IS like running a business. And yes having a business owner IS a good idea for Mayor. Mr Nuccio has strong, firm opinions and ideas; and personally I think he would be a breath of fresh air for Columbia. Though I am no longer a resident, I was for many years and I still keep up with happenings of the city. I am pleased to see someone actually take full advantage of the opportunity to try and make a difference and change things from staid, old ways and have a new perspective. All small and medium-sized towns talk about a so-called "grass roots" perspective, but does that actually exist? No. If it truly did, there would be no improvement, growth and especially sprawl! The "Grass Roots" concept sounds good on the stump, but its just lip service in the end. Mr Nuccio deserves to be given a chance to prove himself, show his abilites and at the very least be taken seriously in his campaign regardless of what he does, where he is from or what he looks like. For anyone to judge a candidate based upon anything other than integrity, values and a strong willingness to improve Columbia is someone who simply does not understand the core values of our election system. Anyone can be a Mayoral candidate and theres a reason for that! I say Mr Nuccio deserves a chance to show us what hes made of.

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Thaulsa Doom October 14, 2009 | 5:28 p.m.

Aren't the cavemen in those commercials actually the rightgeous ones who are being discriminated against by small minded pretentious bigots?

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Charles Dudley Jr October 14, 2009 | 5:47 p.m.

>>> balls for balls October 14, 2009 | 2:45 p.m.
Unfortunately, this city isn't so easy a caveman could do it. <<<

Exactly and it requires somebody who truly has an inside view from all angles of how this city runs inside and out.

We shall see who else raises the stakes and runs but IMHO just any old business owner in the Mayor's seat is not my cup of tea at all.

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Allan Sharrock October 14, 2009 | 7:50 p.m.

Dudley for Mayor!! I tell you what Charles you file and I will donate $50 to your campaign. I bet John and Ray would even pony up some money to see you run and hear your thoughts at the forums. I mean you know everything about the city and have a opinion on everything. You are all the time griping about the council so here is your chance to make a change.

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John Schultz October 14, 2009 | 7:52 p.m.

Oh heck yes Allan, I would be willing to throw a little money in the kitty and even collect a few signatures if Chuck wants to man up.

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Allan Sharrock October 14, 2009 | 9:26 p.m.

How about it Chuck?

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Charles Dudley Jr October 15, 2009 | 4:28 a.m.

I'd say both of you are really full of yourselves but then again everybody who reads your posts knows that already.

Didn't both of you run for CITY council and huh.....LOST?!

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Allan Sharrock October 15, 2009 | 9:30 a.m.

I lost but that doesn't mean you will Chuck. lol But you see I wasn't happy with city council and how they were running things so I wanted to do something about it. Rather than talk talk talk talk talk like you do. John couldn't have ran for city council because he lives in the county. ( I think) So Chuck or is it Chicken are you willing to run?

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John Schultz October 15, 2009 | 10:07 a.m.

No Chuck, I ran for state rep a few years back, presenting and defending libertarian ideas in front of groups in a few different counties. Are you brave enough to bring forward your ideas to the city as a whole, but in person instead of ranting online?

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Charles Dudley Jr October 15, 2009 | 10:07 a.m.

Allan Sharrock you fail as usual to realize you do not have to be inside of the government,part of any political party nor group to make a difference from the outside of said government.

Why don't you run for Mayor unless you are afraid of losing once again.

^_^

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cwh51 October 15, 2009 | 1:27 p.m.

seems like there has been a call to run but that person only points out the losers in prior races I believe he fears being identified with same

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Allan Sharrock October 15, 2009 | 4:08 p.m.

Chuck I have ZERO desire to be Mayor. You need to be almost unemployed to put in the amount of work it takes to be successful and the position is not paid.

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Charles Dudley Jr October 15, 2009 | 4:53 p.m.

cwh51 why should I run as I do not have anywhere near the qualifications.

Nice way at failure on your part.

>>> John Schultz October 15, 2009 | 10:07 a.m. Are you brave enough to bring forward your ideas to the city as a whole, but in person instead of ranting online? <<<

Obviously you are not but you still sit out in the county spitting your drool all over these forums when a City subject comes up. So which is better to sit outside of the city crying foul or sitting inside of the city crying foul?

At least the one who lives in the city lives with it while the one from outside is just crying foul.

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John Schultz October 15, 2009 | 5:28 p.m.

What the heck are you talking about Chuck? I've run for office and spread my views in that manner, and you say I'm not brave enough? Whatever, whiner.

As long as the city of Columbia maintains the roads my sales tax pays for, runs parks that my sales tax pays for, and other issues in which I am involved, then I am darn well allowed to comment on those matters as I see fit. You live in Boone County and comment on those issues, I'm not trying to cut you off from that as you appear to be trying to do to me.

On second thought Chuck, don't run for mayor. You're not nearly tolerant or open-minded enough to have a chance.

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cwh51 October 15, 2009 | 6:40 p.m.

Dudley where do you fail to qualify? My guess you just fail at seeing youself made to answer to your rants in a more public forum, as in running for public office. So ditto to the "You're not nearly tolerant or open-minded enough to have a chance." Maybe therein lies your failure.

ARTICLE II. THE COUNCIL
Section 5. Number and Term.
The council shall consist of seven (7) members, each of whom shall be elected for a term of three (3) years and shall serve until a successor shall be elected and qualified, except as otherwise provided herein. One of the seven (7) council members shall be elected by the qualified voters of the city at large and shall be the mayor. The other six (6) council members shall be elected, one from each ward, by the qualified voters thereof. The terms of the council members shall be staggered in such a manner that two (2) of the council members shall be elected each year, provided that the council member-at-large shall be elected every third year as hereinafter provided.

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Charles Dudley Jr October 16, 2009 | 4:19 a.m.

John Schultz you are the so called political big wig of Boone County being a Party Chairman and all.

Go for it.

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Charles Dudley Jr October 16, 2009 | 4:36 a.m.

>>> You're not nearly tolerant or open-minded enough to have a chance. <<<

You just might be surprised on that one but then again this state,county,city is so Liberal all alot of people can do here is attack anybody who has any kind of a different idea at looking at things than what they grew up with.

Too bad alot are just so closed minded and keep real growth we can believe in from proceeding not only in this city but this nation too.

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John Schultz October 16, 2009 | 9:45 a.m.

You're doing a pretty good job of making that "attacking anybody" and "closed minded" descriptions accurate, huh?

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Charles Dudley Jr October 16, 2009 | 3:40 p.m.

John Schultz so do tell us all oh Grand Pooh Bah of the Libertarian Party of Boone County just what can a Bar Owner bring to the table that somebody more qualified in the fields of economics,industry,real estate,law sciences and all of those fields could not.

Just what can a bar owner bring that will push this community in the right direction it needs to be going in?

Why would an advancing community want to elect some one who dropped out of a race once before? Kinda reminds me of old Ross Peirot ya know? He did that same thing too.

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John Schultz October 16, 2009 | 10:31 p.m.

Well gee Chuck, let's let Sal speak for himself (more than Jerry Wade has done thus far in the race):

"As a candidate for the First Ward council seat in 2007, Nuccio called for more police presence downtown to discourage vandalism and fights. He also supported more focus on development downtown."

Are you saying all bar owners are knuckle-dragging buffoons who are unworthy of a citizen's vote? Funny, looks like Sal agrees with at least one of your previous talking points:

"He also said he still supports development in the heart of Columbia, rather than at the city's borders. He said the approach is better for the environment because it limits sprawl, and it would improve the economy by increasing the number of people within city limits."

If you don't like Sal's positions, argue against his candidacy based on that. Saying that a bar owner or someone who dropped out of a previous race is unworthy is, frankly, stupid.

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Charles Dudley Jr October 17, 2009 | 4:52 a.m.

I still stand by my statements above.

Let's see if a few concerned citizens I have been talking to as of late get a series City Mayor Candidate Forums together and then we can really get down to some serious issues to see how the candidates will stand up.

That is if they can get all of the plans worked out. This community deserves to know how their pick for our future Mayor stands on more issues than just the basics.

No promises.

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John Schultz October 17, 2009 | 8:39 p.m.

And how will this mystery forum be any better than the League of Women Voters' forum? Just having a forum doesn't mean it is a "good thing." For example, I was very disappointed in the NAACP forum that I attended when running in 2002 and have warned a few candidates about the unprofessional manner in which it was run.

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Charles Dudley Jr October 18, 2009 | 4:54 a.m.

John Schultz as I said no promises if it gets off the ground or not but the person I am talking with seems to like the idea of it.

That is all I can or will say for now.

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Thaulsa Doom October 18, 2009 | 12:21 p.m.

The current Mayor of Denver Colorado who's on his second term now ownes two pubs and had no political history or backround before running.

Charles, you assume to much in a negative way based on very little knowledge of this man.

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Charles Dudley Jr October 18, 2009 | 2:19 p.m.

Thaulsa Doom no I am not assuming anything since I have lived here since 2001 I have not even heard of this Sal guy deeply involved in local politics.

After yesterday and seeing some info posted on Sal on a local forum board I am even more convinced now.

>>> BeatByte Posted on October 17, 2009 01:18 pm
Last time Sal ran (for First Ward), as I recall he withdrew after questions starting popping up about various legal problems he's had. He got into it with a couple of people on the old Trib board.

Those problems have continued. He's got ongoing issues with the State Employment Security Department and has lost several breach of contract suits in recent years. He's also a regular presence in traffic court for safety violations.

Even if this doesn't impact his viability with you, how do you think it will play with other voters, especially seniors?

I'd like to know because I'm thinking about running a quick analysis of Wade and Nuccio and the way the mayor's race is shaping up so far.

The people who've been way up in my polls have been more establishment types, like Vicki Riback-Wilson and Bob Roper. The anti-establishment types haven't done as well. <<<
Source:
http://beatboard.18.forumer.com/index.ph...

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joe blow October 20, 2009 | 10:16 a.m.
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John Schultz October 20, 2009 | 10:54 a.m.

And I should believe this coming from an anonymous blowhard why?

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