The Columbia Chamber of Commerce board of directors on Friday endorsed City Council candidates Gary Kespohl, Daryl Dudley and Bob McDavid. This is the first time the chamber has endorsed candidates for a city election.
“We felt we needed to be fair,” Chamber President Don Laird said. “We gathered information from all the candidates and held a forum.”
In January, board chairman Byron Hill appointed six people to an endorsement task force, whose purpose was to evaluate the candidates and give recommendations to the board, Laird said. The board endorsed the candidates proposed by the task force.
“We weren’t against anybody, these are just the people that would help provide the balance that is important for a member of the city council,” Laird said.
Kespohl is running against incumbent Karl Skala in the Third Ward race and Dudley is running against Tracy Greever-Rice, Sarah Read and Rick Buford in the Fourth Ward race. McDavid is running against Sid Sullivan, Fourth Ward councilman Jerry Wade, Paul Love, Sal Nuccio and Sean O’Day in the mayoral race.