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More from Columbia voters about Tuesday's election

By The Missourian staff
April 6, 2010 | 12:26 p.m. CDT
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."

Don Sewell, 69, retired teacher:

"Don't you think we need (the school bond issue)? Columbia is growing, and we're crowded as it is. Kids are controlling the classrooms."

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"I think we need downtown cameras, despite what everyone else says."

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Julie Middleton, 60, director at MU Extension:

"I'm most interested in the school bond issue. I believe it is time. We really need all those trailers removed and schools to be repaired. … As for mayor, it's important that we have a good successor to follow Hindman."

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Cheryl Heesch, 61, MU professor of biomedical sciences:

"We need good representation, so I'm most interested in the Fourth Ward race. … I think Columbia's schools need, need, need the bond right now."

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Rick Crow, retiree:

"For Proposition 1, look at all the nationwide things solved due to cameras. They're not looking to watch you unless you're up to something."

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Joyce Schlemper, 69, retiree:

"(Downtown cameras are) important to protect people. I was on the jury to help convict someone seen on camera."

"I'm for the school bond. It's important to have what we need for our kids. My children and grandchildren have gone or do go to school here; and some are teachers."

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Greg Mitchell, 48, attorney:

"The mayoral race was the most important issue for me. I based my decision on the need for change in priorities."

"I voted in favor of the downtown cameras. It's going to aid law enforcement on controlling crime in Columbia."

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Jason Vaneaton, 38, government consultant:

"The most important issue is the vote on school funding. We are in desperate need of new school facilities. I have children, both in elementary school, and by the time the new school is built, they will be that age."

"It's the first time we've picked a new mayor in a long time. I looked at who's going to be the best to take Columbia forward. It's time for new ideas in Columbia."

"Safety cameras are very important. The more we can do to protect our children downtown the better."

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Gary Eaton, 57, retired firefighter:

"The school board vote was the most important to me. I still have one child in school here. I reviewed all the candidates’ positions online and chose accordingly. I did the same thing for the mayoral race."

"For proposition 1, I voted against it for two reasons: One, the cost, and it's kind of a Big Brother factor. Two, disproportion allocation: It delivers a service to a small part of the city and not the rest. I don't think the government should be monitoring us with video."

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Bill McKelvey, 37, MU Extension associate:

"The balance on City Council is an issue. There were two to three candidates that were heavily backed by developers, but I felt like it was important to support candidates that support smart planned growth."

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Nicole Monnier, 41, assistant professor at MU in German and Russian studies:

"I hope the school bonds issue passes this time. We need the money and its obviously not going to come from the state."

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Matt Cavanaugh, 44, landlord:

 

"I voted no on Proposition 1. It's about priorities. They haven't fixed my sidewalk in at least 20 years, but they're spending money on red-light cameras and surveillance cameras. It's big brother. We don't need cameras downtown. Most businesses need them anyway for their insurance to be valid. The last thing we need is to spend our money on cameras."

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Charity Clark, 33, server at Murry's restaurant:

"I wanted to vote against the cameras and for Mr. Sullivan. I don't think the cameras are necessary. We should focus on the preventive, but cameras catch criminals after the fact. I don't think they're a deterrent, either."

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Donna Hamilton, 37, small business finance:

"I had mixed feelings about the cameras, but I had no strong objections. I've been debating with some friends, and there's good arguments for both sides. I voted for it because they'll be in a public place where there's no expectation of privacy anyway, but they can be used to identify criminals. But it's a slippery slope."

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Gene Kingery, 73, retired:

"I voted against the school bond. I don't want it. They're spending too much money that they don't have. When you spend money you don't have, taxes are going to go up. I was brought up that if you don't have it, you don't spend it."

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Scott Ellis, 27, appliance salesman:

"I voted no on the camera thing. It's a waste of money. If you're going to put cameras up somewhere, put them where people won't expect to see them."

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Kelly Dreier, 38, preschool teacher:

"I'm a fan of our current mayor and didn't want things to change too much. Some candidates didn't seem to think parks or bikes are important, and I didn't want to support them."

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P.B. MacPherson, 57, registered nurse:

"I came out to vote against the camera ordinance. It's an invasion of civil liberties and the development of ‘1984’ in our society. You should be able to walk around wherever you want without being photographed by the police."

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Liz Deken, 30, state health alliance director for the American Heart Association:

"There were too many people running (for mayor). I'm wondering why Hindman didn't endorse any candidate. The campaign was heavily unbalanced. I saw stuff for McDavid everywhere. For instance, I don't think I saw a single thing for Paul Love at all. I voted for Sid Sullivan because the other candidates have been about changing things, but I disagree. Sid Sullivan supports the priorities the way we have them: good schools, safe recreational areas and a strong sense of community."

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Rebecca Jacobs-Pollez, 54, MU doctoral student in medieval European history:

"I'm not really fond of the idea of cameras. I just don't think they're needed."

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Jane Ebben, 54, senior equine technician:

“I feel strongly about who I want for mayor, and I want downtown cameras. I know if my kid was hurt, I’d want them to be there.”

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Christina Mattson, 31, day habilitation supervisor:

“I wanted to vote for my councilman, mayor and propositions 1 and 2.”

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Larry Schuster, 53, sales and former councilman:

“Let’s get rid of the chicken people.”

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Dan Murphy, 53, teacher:

“I like Skala’s positions. I like his position on cameras downtown, that they aren’t necessary.”

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David Tipton, 44, personal assistant at Woodhaven:

“For mayor, I’d like to see a balanced approach. Someone making sure it’s not too business friendly and we stay green friendly, too.”

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Michael Ugarte, 61, professor:

“I voted for Sid Sullivan because I’m concerned Bob McDavid will be a mayor who will listen and support developers, but we need to keep the quality of life in Columbia with trails and park systems.”

Larry Bauer, 69, model and MU wood shop worker:

“There was so much campaigning going on in my neighborhood that it got my attention and caused me to vote in a local election.”

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Jean Basley, 51, Third Ward resident:

“I’m interested in the mayor’s race. Finally glad to have a change. Someone who’s interested in something besides parks and bicycles.”

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Anthony Pavlicek, 25, MU doctoral student in philosophy:

“I’m interested in voting for Sal Nuccio. I thought he had some good points.”

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Russ Still, 63, lawyer and treasurer for Gary Kespohl’s council campaign:

“I wanted to vote for the school bond issue and the City Council race. I always vote, and I never miss.”

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Tyler Woodcock, 30, teaching assistant:

“I live downtown, so Proposition 1 is pertinent to me. There are some cameras downtown already, so I don’t know if that’s the best option. I also heard Skala supported the chicken ordinance, and I like that.”

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David Babel, 72, Realtor and developer:

“I think it’s an important election this year with the new mayor and City Council. I supported Proposition 1 and the school bond issue.”

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Christopher Foote, 39, biologist:

“I wanted to vote for Karl Skala. I kind of like his smart growth philosophy.”

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David Pickering, 62, territory manager (chemical manufacturing):

“I think there was a lot of negativity in one of the campaigns. Some of the ads were comical, and I think an election should be more serious.”

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Dortha Eubanks, 81, secretary:

“I voted based on solving the crime problem and what they’re going to do about it.”