What Columbia voters had to say at the polls this morning

Tuesday, April 6, 2010 | 1:35 p.m. CDT; updated 4:42 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Columbia Mayor Darwin Hindman casts his ballot Tuesday afternoon at St. Andrews Lutheran Church. "I was excited to vote for the school bond and propositions, as it is truly important for the city," Hindman said. "But when it comes to the vote for mayor, I missed seeing my name there. It was really a final act before becoming fully aware that my tenure as mayor is truly over."

Karen Baxter, 60, part-time housekeeper, full-time grandmother and former council candidate:

“I haven’t been happy with the direction the council has taken. And since the mayor’s vote is often the deciding one, I think it’s important who we have as mayor. I’d like to see the city take a more business-oriented direction, not so much with parks and bicycles but with safety and commerce.”


LeAnn Jones, 44, Boone Hospital Center employee:

“I feel that too much crime is swept under the rug. I think they need (Proposition 1). Just imagine if they don’t have it, what would happen? People should feel free to walk and not look over their shoulder.”


Brian Taylor, 57, attorney:

“It seems to me like the developers in Columbia have had the upper hand in running city government. The candidate I would support would most aggressively control the development in Columbia and its surrounding areas.”


Jennifer Dube, 21, MU doctoral student in political science:

"I've been following (Proposition 1), and I really think that the cameras would make it safer. I put myself in the situation, and I think it's worth it."


Rosie Weilbacher, 25, MU research specialist:

"I like a lot of (Sullivan's) viewpoints. He's the closest candidate to our current mayor, and he's done a good job."


Pat DeLong, 63, retired:

"I'm not concerned with anything, really. I just hope McDavid gets mayor. I've liked him and admired him for years."


Erick Creach, 29, attorney:

 "(McDavid) had the right vision for economic development and issues that would face Columbia for the next several years."


Jan Miernyk, 62, MU biochemistry professor:

"I was concerned with mayoral candidates who didn't want to make Columbia larger. I'd rather see quality of life improve than size."


David Nuelle, 52, self-employed financial consultant:

"I voted for McDavid. I like voting for someone who has actually done something outside of government work."


Charles Bender, 34, attorney:

"I voted no on Proposition 1. It's an unnecessary expenditure, and won't do any real good. We need more feet on the ground. Five out of six mayoral candidates didn't support it. That says something."


Tom Dresser, 66, physician at Truman Veterans Hospital:

"I voted for McDavid. He's also a physician."



Jeremy Gilion, 34, insurance analyst:

"For me it was between McDavid and Wade. The more I listened to Wade on the radio, the less confident I was, so I voted for McDavid."


Sid Sullivan, 67, retired, mayoral candidate:

"Yes, I voted for Sid Sullivan."


John Cassels, 56, professor at MU medical school:

"We're changing mayors for the first time in a long time, so that's important. There are lots of people running for the school board, and we have to pick the right people who will do the right things for our kids."


Marla Applebaum, coordinator of program and project support at MU Provost's Office:

"We need to make sure Columbia schools continue to maintain high quality by electing reasonable people for the school board."


Mike Potter, 61, retired (voted for McDavid):

"I wasn't enamored by the cameras downtown, and I also think it's important to choose the right person for mayor to lead Columbia."


Gary Moreau, partially retired, doing home-based sales and Census work:

"For me, the mayoral and Fourth Ward races were the most important. I'm looking for change, and I think there was too much dirt done on some candidates. The whole election wasn't as clean as it should have been. I didn't like Kespohl's whole approach; it was not called for."



Sarah Kovaleski, 35, engineer:

"I think Mayor Hindman has done a great job, and I want to make sure we get someone in the job who won't undo all that he did."



Adelaide Brown, 32, MU librarian:

"I didn't like the idea of downtown cameras at all. I think it's important to continue the trails and parks Hindman started. I'm concerned with the deals currently being given to business developers around town."


Hunter Kevil, 66, MU librarian:

"I'm concerned with getting rid of the left-wingers, and there are plenty of them. That's what McDavid means when he talks about change. It's about attitudes: There was a message from Wade yesterday that talked about how there are greedy developers, but he's on the people's side. It's inaccurate, negative and demonizing the opposition, and I don't like that."



Bob Berlin, attorney for the state:

"I'm against Proposition 1. I would be in favor of it if I thought it was necessary, but I don't see any need for it."


Paul Miller, retired professor:

"Support of the school system is very important in this time in history. I'm also concerned with community development, but I think there's definitely some disagreement about use of the land around Columbia."


Roberta Carter, 67, retired:

"We need (cameras) in the outlying areas … but not downtown."


Brett Prentiss, 68, retired:

"I believe there need to be cameras in some places like parking garages, but they're already there, and there's very little evidence showing (that) sticking them up downtown is going to stop crime. I don't think downtown is the high-crime place, and if you stick it in front of a bar downtown after a big game, everyone comes out drunk, I think the police already know there might be a fight, they don’t have to go look at video to figure that out."


Miles Bair, 69, sales:

"We need more cameras in unsecured areas like allies and parking garages. I don't want to see a camera at Ninth and Broadway"


Kerby Miller, 65, Fourth Ward resident:

"A good city needs to be governed by more than market considerations."


Jim Schoelz, 51, MU professor of plant sciences:

"I think (the school bond) is important, and it's a good time to do it."


Ellen McQuie, 52, physician:

"I am in favor of (Proposition 1), trusting that our police chief will use (cameras) appropriately."


Tony Thorpe, 42, MU research associate:

"I voted against the chamber shills. I perceive them as supporting deregulated development rather than smart growth."

"Someone told me that we were unique because we were given an opportunity to vote on (downtown cameras), so I voted no. It's the first step in a slippery slope."



John Shrum, 58, business coach:

"I don't know that we need a new school. One side of me says we can use that growth. Then the other side thinks we can do better with what we got."



Catherine Parke, 62, artist:

"(The school bond) is needed. It's always important for taxpayers to fund the public schools."

"(Tracy Greever-Rice) is a splendid candidate. She's patient, intelligent... she has extraordinary experience."


Angie McDaniel, 44, pharmacist:

"I know the Taylors,I didn't think we had a crime problem in Columbia, but apparently we do."


Nancy Wilson, 66, hairdresser:

"They're all so important today it's hard to know ... we had a wonderful mayor, and we need to carry on with someone capable of taking care of our city."


Skip Deming, 63, retired Columbia Public Schools administrator:

"I have three grandchildren and I want to make sure they have the same educational opportunities as my children."



Sharon Seamon, 48, UPS employee:

"I have a 16-year-old at Jefferson Junior High, and I want (the school board) to make good decisions about education."


David Duffy, 70, owner of Loveall RVs, voted for McDavid and the school bond issue:

The most important issue on the ballot is "tied between mayor and the school bond issue. It's terribly important to the future of Columbia to get a good mayor."


Allen Beeson, 57, business owner and freelance musician:

"I think Columbia needs a change in direction."


David Allen, 67, retired federal employee:

"People who say (Proposition 1 is) a freedom issue, acting like what you do in public isn't public: It's already public. It makes sense to have cameras where people are getting mugged."


Arminta Phelps, 28, chiropractor:

"I know (Jonathan Sessions) personally. He's got some awesome ideas and he's young."

“I just think (Proposition 1) is a good idea for safety purposes."


Brian Allen, 45, Missouri Department of Natural Resources employee:

“Several issues brought me out to the polls today, but the mayoral race and the school bond were the two big things. I supported the candidate I did because of track record, and I guess you could say I voted the way I did on the school bond issue because of track record as well.”


Kathi Betz, 50, LC Betz Jewelers:

“I came out today because I always vote. I feel like it’s my way of being part of the community, and it’s what our country’s based on. I didn’t go to any forums, but I tried to read up on the various issues and candidates and I think I made a well-informed vote.”


Keith Heckman, 30, human resources manager at Bob McCosh Chevrolet:

“The mayoral race and Proposition 1 are what I feel is most important about this election, because, well, it’s the mayor, and Proposition 1, I don’t think would be money well spent. I’ve done some of my own research on it and it doesn’t seem like cameras are the way to go.”


Abraham Dyer, 32, retail sales manager:

“I came out for the mayoral race primarily. I’m looking for something definitely different than the current administration. I’m looking for transparency in governance. Ironically, I disagree with the guy that I voted for on an issue or two, but I prefer his approach.”


Dave Angle, 43, and Jenny Young, 40, both lawyers:

“We came out today because we vote every time, but the mayoral race is probably the most important issue for us. We supported the candidate we did because we feel ‘smart growth’ is the best way for Columbia.”


Jo Ladwig, 81, retired teacher:

“I came out because I always vote. That’s the main reason. I think it’s really important. Well, I just think it’s a privilege that we have. We can’t really complain about anything that’s going on unless we vote and stay informed. We can’t really count on the sound bites from TV. We have to keep on top of things ourselves.”


Jeanine Pagan, 58, nurse:

“The mayor’s race and Proposition 1 are what I feel are the most important issues on this ballot. The mayor, there are a lot of people running, so it’s a good time to pick one, and I’m not a fan of the cameras downtown. I wanted somebody for mayor who was experienced with building communities.”


Jacquie Shipma, 47, attorney:

“I felt there were three important issues: the mayor, school board and Proposition 1. We’ve had our current mayor for some time, and if the new mayor who’s elected serves as long as Mayor Hindman served then it’s an obviously important public issue. As for school board, I’m very interested in what our school district is doing. I have two children in the public school system, and I’m interested in the quality of education. I’m interested in our privacy rights with regard to Proposition 1 as well as our safety.”


Gary Kitchen, 73, retired business sales manager:

“I’m interested in the school bond issue. I voted against it. I think there’s way too much money wasted on trivial things. In my humble opinion, it’s not related to education. I’m sure that there’s way too many intermanagement people involved in running the school systems, and it’s totally unnecessary.”


Eric Kegley, 44, network administrator:

“There’s a combination of reasons I came out today. I wanted to make sure my vote for mayor is counted. That’s the main reason. I’m looking for someone who can look at each individual thing that’s brought before him or her as a stand-alone issue and not have to have a pre-existing agenda that it all gets plugged into.”


Jackie Bell, 48, associate professor of photojournalism at MU:

“I came out today for mayor and all of the issues, but school board is really critical to me. I think we need the funding for the high school, absolutely. I’d like to see them change the way they have the junior highs and middle schools. I’d like to see a new high school, and I’d like to see the city support that. I currently have a daughter in Shepard Elementary.”


Paulacynth Henry, 28, stay-at-home-mom:

"No cameras downtown. It's an invasion of privacy, and there are already too many invasions."


Eric Schafer, 29, facility maintenance worker:

"I don't think the cameras are necessary. I don't think it's the taxpayers' obligation to supply the downtown businesses with cameras."


John Ambra, 30, firefighter:

"It'd be nice to see some change in city leadership. Bob McDavid has done a good job with his other leadership roles, and he can lead the city in the right direction."


Jesse Bowman, 27, lab technician:

"I'm always for building new schools and adding new resources in the schools."


Pam Humphreys, 57, educational coordinator at MU:

"The school bond is important because we need to support the public schools. The youth need a good education to get jobs."


Terry Hargrove, 54, engineer:

"I think it's stupid not to put something up that would deter criminals. It's common sense to me."


Phillip Green, 33, retired veteran:

"I think there is a lot of undue spending, and the (downtown) cameras are not a wise use of money."


Ron Geren, 67, retired:

"McDavid, he's my guy. He wants the cameras and most of the other guys are against it."


Jon Haid, 57, receiving clerk:

"I do have an opinion about the downtown cameras. I don't think it's an invasion of privacy at all."


William Alexander, 27, MU doctoral student in biological sciences:

"Throwing up cameras is not going to prevent crime."


Kate Hertweck, 26, MU doctoral student in biological sciences:

"I'm not convinced of (the cameras) efficacy and I would err on the side of not spending the money."


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Jonathan Waters April 6, 2010 | 2:11 p.m.

I'd be hesitant to vote for anyone Rosie Weilbacher endorses.

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Jacob Bacon April 6, 2010 | 2:24 p.m.

I will vote for Skala. I will vote for either McDavid or Wade, likely. Love is tempting...and if I thought it'd be close, I might.

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Kevin Gamble April 6, 2010 | 5:04 p.m.

Dr. Kerby Miller's comment is certainly the most thoughtful one here. I have the feeling its wisdom will become increasingly apparent over the next few years.

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