COLUMBIA — Paul Love, a network analyst for CarFax, said he is running for mayor.
Tracy Greever-Rice, the associate director of Community and Economic Development at the MU Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis, has filed a petition for the Fourth Ward City Council seat, according to the city clerk. Greever-Rice was unavailable for comment Tuesday. Sarah Read, an attorney, announced Monday that she is also running for the seat.
Love joins candidates Fourth Ward Councilman Jerry Wade, downtown business owner Sal Nuccio and Sid Sullivan, who most recently ran for Southern Boone County Commissioner. The winner will replace the Columbia mayor of 15 years, Darwin Hindman, who said in August that he will not seek re-election.
Love said he has collected 126 signatures. Candidates need 100 signatures from registered Columbia voters to run in the election.
Love said an issue that needs to be addressed is crime, which he said “seems to be on the rise in the city” in the last few years.
He lives near the Red Roof Inn at 201 E. Texas Ave. and was alarmed by the Oct. 8 murder there. In part because of the murder, he wanted to “get involved and do something about it.” Love would like to see more law enforcement in areas other than downtown.
He said another issue he would like to address is the city's impact on “the greater local environment.”
Love is an MU alumnus who served 10 years in the National Guard on flood duty. He has held a “wide range of jobs” that, he said, have allowed him to see “diverse viewpoints and experiences of Columbia.” Some of his previous jobs include working at IBM, Golden Corral and O’Reilly Auto Parts.
He said he has lived in Columbia for more than 20 years and has been a homeowner here for 10 years.
He describes himself as a fiscal conservative and a political independent.
Love said at age 39 he will probably be one of the youngest candidates running for mayor this year and that this gives him a unique point of view.
He said he has been involved in the community in many ways, including serving as the chairman of the downtown holiday parade last year.
Love said people who are part of the city should become involved in it and "work to make it a better place.”
He believes running for mayor is a “win-win situation” — even if he loses, he will have the chance to bring important issues to the campaign and force them to be addressed by whomever becomes mayor.