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Mayoral candidate hosts campaign kick-off

Friday, January 22, 2010 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 9:21 a.m. CST, Friday, January 22, 2010

COLUMBIA — The yellow and black umbrella is back.

In a packed section of the Boone Tavern's dining room Thursday evening, large signs depicted the umbrella that became the staple of Jerry Wade's first run for the Fourth Ward City Council seat. This time, however, Wade is using the umbrella as a symbol for his run for mayor.

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"The umbrella symbolizes that he's there for all of Columbia," said Edge Wade, Jerry Wade's wife. "It helps for recognition as well."

The dining tables were littered with forms asking folk to sign up to displayyard signs or to campaign door-to-door. Cande Iveson, a volunteer for Wade's campaign, spoke in support of Wade and is organizing supporters to knock on doors and spread Wade's campaign messages.

"For those of you that made a resolution on January 1, involving diet and exercise ," said Iveson,"door-knocking is out there folks."

Iveson said she got involved with the campaign because she thinks Wade is "the right person at the right time."

Wally Pfeffer, a Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company representative and an MU alum, gave a speech in support of Wade. He said Wade's experience as a planning and zoning commissioner and as a city councilman help make him the ideal candidate, along with his commitment to running.

"I believe your wife is supportive of this," Pfeffer joked.

Wade also stressed his commitment to the city's politics as well as his experience in a speech to the group.

"I've served as a commissioner and a council representative, learning along the way the critical needs of our city," Wade said. "I am ready and willing to devote the time and energy to be the leader Columbians want of its mayor."

Jason Thornhill, the Second Ward councilman, was in attendance. Third Ward incumbent candidate Karl Skala and Fourth Ward candidate Tracy Greever-Rice were also present. Wade said he will endorse all of the "good candidates" for the Third and Fourth ward seats. However, he said he considers all of the candidates "good."

Thornhill, Skala and Greever-Rice did not endorse any other candidates.

Wade is running against Sid Sullivan, Robert McDavid, Sal Nuccio, Paul Love and Sean O'Day. The election is April 6.


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