Community meets Water and Light director candidates at reception

Friday, June 11, 2010 | 6:53 p.m. CDT; updated 7:25 p.m. CDT, Saturday, June 12, 2010
Residents of Columbia reflect on the Water and Light director candidates and the opportunity to meet them in City Hall on Friday.

COLUMBIA — A small group of community members met the three candidates for Water and Light director at a casual reception Friday evening. Community members learned about the candidates' experience and voiced what issues mattered to them.

One of the candidates, Tad Johnsen, said the two most important issues to attendees seemed to be renewable energy and demand response programming. His goal is to find a way to make the two work together while maintaining transparency with customers.


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Another candidate, Tim Luchsinger, found that community members want reliability and affordable water rates.

Mack Thompson, the third candidate, also attended the reception. 

Columbia Fire Department Chief William Markgraf said citizens seem interested in efficient management and practical renewable energy options.

Bill Watkins, city manager, said his goal is to have an offer accepted by one of the candidates by the end of the month.

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