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Columbia gas station manager declares council candidacy

By Kassie Spire
January 19, 2010 | 10:21 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Daryl Dudley, 51, announced Tuesday that he will run in the election for the Fourth Ward seat on the City Council.

Dudley has managed the HyVee gas station on West Broadway since 2001. He began to consider running for office last summer as he noticed improvements that could be made on the roads near his work.

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He is concerned with Columbia's economic conditions as well as the safety of its inhabitants, he said at the council meeting Tuesday night.

If elected to the council, Dudley would like “to continue on the successes of past city councils and make Columbia a better place.”

He believes economic conditions could be improved with the introduction of new businesses and more police could mean safer conditions for its residents.

Dudley moved to Columbia from Iowa in 1995 and currently lives in the city with his wife.

He will be running against Tracy Greever-Rice, Sarah Read and Rick Buford. The winner will replace Jerry Wade, who is running for mayor.

The election will be April 6, 2010. Candidates running for wards must collect a minimum of 50 signatures from registered voters in their ward. The filing period ends 5 p.m. Thursday.