LETTER: Jerry Wade has firsthand knowledge needed for governance

Thursday, April 1, 2010 | 2:50 p.m. CDT; updated 4:12 p.m. CDT, Thursday, April 1, 2010

I am a supporter of Jerry Wade for mayor of Columbia for the following reasons:

In 2006, we had to call 911 for a rescue emergency at our home, which is inside the city limits. When help arrived, we were surprised to find that the Boone County Fire Protection District responded rather than the City of Columbia. When we tried to find out why the city hadn’t responded, we learned that even though our subdivision was annexed in 1991 and another part in 1994, we were covered under the territorial agreement by the Boone County Fire Protection District. We contacted Jerry Wade about this issue, and he began to get information and open doors that we weren’t able to. He visited with us in our home, came to our neighborhood association meetings and held public meetings about the territorial agreement.

This agreement would have been automatically renewed and the Fire District would have answered fire and rescue calls within the annexed subdivisions, as it has since 1994, if the City Council had not negotiated a new agreement with the Fire District. I credit Jerry’s extensive study of the agreement and his speaking with City Fire Department and the Fire District for a fair and equitable agreement, which the City Council approved.

Jerry is also the only candidate with firsthand knowledge about city governance issues, having worked with many communities in Missouri throughout his career as a associate professor of community development and University Extension community development specialist. He has been very involved in our city government since 1995 and knows the issues that Columbia will face in the future.

I urge you to vote for Jerry Wade for mayor on April 6. He will work toward a better future for Columbia and will tackle each issue on its merit. He is dedicated to bringing in jobs and businesses that will add to our economic growth, to work with the colleges and universities in Columbia and the Columbia Public Schools to assure that everyone has the training to be competitive in our highly technological workforce, which will ultimately improve the overall safety of our community. He has been there for the Fourth Ward and I know he will be open and transparent in all of his dealings with all of Columbia as our next mayor.


Cheryl Fadler Haynes is a Columbia resident.


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